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levy

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noun \ˈle-vē\

Definition of levy

plural

levies

  1. 1 a :  the imposition or collection of an assessment b :  an amount levied

  2. 2 a :  the enlistment or conscription of men for military service b :  troops raised by levy

Examples of levy in a sentence

  1. <the legislators approved a new levy on imported cattle to help protect American ranchers>

Origin and Etymology of levy

Middle English, from Anglo-French levé, literally, raising, from lever to raise — more at lever


First Known Use: 13th century


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levy

verb

Definition of levy

levied

levying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to impose or collect by legal authority <levy a tax> b :  to require by authority

  3. 2 :  to enlist or conscript for military service

  4. 3 :  to carry on (war) :  wage

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to seize property

levier

play noun

Examples of levy in a sentence

  1. They levied a tax on imports.

  2. The government will levy a fine on the company.

14th Century

First Known Use of levy

14th century


LEVY Defined for English Language Learners

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levy

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noun \ˈle-vē\

Definition of levy for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money that must be paid and that is collected by a government or other authority


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levy

verb

Definition of levy for English Language Learners

  • : to use legal authority to demand and collect (a fine, a tax, etc.)


LEVY Defined for Kids

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levy

play
noun \ˈle-vē\

Definition of levy for Students

plural

levies

  1. :  something (as taxes) collected by authority of the law


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levy

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verb

Definition of levy for Students

levied

levying

  1. :  to collect legally <levy taxes>


Law Dictionary

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levy

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noun \ˈle-vē\

Legal Definition of levy

plural

levies

  1. 1 :  an act of levying: as a :  the imposition or collection of a tax b :  the seizure according to a writ of execution of real or personal property in a judgment debtor's possession to satisfy a judgment debt

  2. 2 :  an amount levied :  tax <providing for a levy of 3% on income up to $10,000 — D. Q. Posin>


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levy

verb

Legal Definition of levy

levied

levying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to impose or collect (as a tax or fine) with authority <allow it to levy stiffer penalties for some safety violations — National Law Journal>

  3. 2 :  to enforce or carry into effect (a writ of execution) — compare attach, garnish

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to enforce a writ of execution or attachment; specifically :  to make a seizure of real or personal property in a judgment debtor's possession <they might as a last resort levy on his merchandise — J. J. White and R. S. Summers>



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