levy

noun
\ ˈle-vē How to pronounce levy (audio) \
plural levies

Definition of levy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the imposition or collection of an assessment The government imposed a levy on gasoline.
b : an amount levied
2a : the enlistment or conscription of men for military service
b : troops raised by levy turned green levies into fighting soldiers

levy

verb
levied; levying

Definition of levy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to impose or collect by legal authority levy a tax
b : to require by authority
2 : to enlist or conscript for military service
3 : to carry on (war) : wage

intransitive verb

: to seize property

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Other Words from levy

Verb

levier noun

Synonyms for levy

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of levy in a Sentence

Noun the legislators approved a new levy on imported cattle to help protect American ranchers Verb They levied a tax on imports. The government will levy a fine on the company.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The district board pulled the levy after a backlash. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 22 July 2021 An election on continuing the levy would be the third time the district has taken the measure to voters. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 10 July 2021 As far as Washington is concerned, that should also include the EU digital levy . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 9 July 2021 The current levy will continue to generate revenue through the end of 2022. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 30 June 2021 Countywide, 76% of voters said yes to renewing the small levy for another five years, according to partial returns as of 8:07 p.m. Tuesday. oregonlive, 19 May 2021 The United States has lobbied against the levy on digital sales that was likely to hit Silicon Valley giants’ business in Europe. BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2021 In 1956 the levy rose once more, to 3 cents, when Americans were paying about 30 cents for a gallon of gas. Theodore J. Kury, The Conversation, 22 June 2021 But that levy has lost more than half its buying power in the past 15 or so years as vehicles go farther and farther on a gallon of gas. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ramsey, with a population of about 27,500, is just starting to look at its 2022 budget and could choose to levy a tax in lieu of the franchise fees. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Fort Smith voters in March 2019 defeated a proposal to levy a nine-month, 1% sales tax to pay for completion of the museum. Max Bryan, Arkansas Online, 23 July 2021 Elgin Township voters passed a referendum last year creating a 708 Mental Health Board but the Kane County Clerk’s Office has refused to levy the tax requested because officials say the wording of the referendum question was incorrect. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, 17 July 2021 About a year after receiving the report, the board moved in April 2021 to levy a $15 million special assessment on condo owners to raise money needed for repairs. Casey Tolan, CNN, 8 July 2021 Further, instead of providing the state’s four major counties with a share of transient accommodations tax revenue, the legislation gives the counties the authority to levy their own surcharge to the tax. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 Lamont insisted that the new state budget not include any major tax hikes and blocked progressive proposals to impose new income tax surcharges on wealthy households and a digital media ads levy on online giants like Google and Facebook. Keith M. Phaneuf, courant.com, 29 June 2021 This provision is largely symbolic, because all but a handful of OECD countries already levy taxes above 15 percent. The Editors, National Review, 11 June 2021 But the moves to levy billions of dollars in back taxes were appealed, and some have been overturned. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of levy

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for levy

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of levy was in the 13th century

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“Levy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levy. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for levy

levy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of levy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

levy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of levy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

levy

noun
\ ˈle-vē How to pronounce levy (audio) \
plural levies

Kids Definition of levy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

levy

verb
levied; levying

Kids Definition of levy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to collect legally levy taxes

levy

noun
\ ˈle-vē How to pronounce levy (audio) \
plural levies

Legal Definition of levy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

levy

verb
levied; levying

Legal Definition of levy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to impose or collect (as a tax or fine) with authority allow it to levy stiffer penalties for some safety violationsNational Law Journal
2 : to enforce or carry into effect (a writ of execution) — compare attach, garnish

intransitive verb

: 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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