levy

1 of 2

noun

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

levy

2 of 2

verb

levied; levying

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
levier noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
And the retaliatory tariffs that other countries imposed in response to Mr. Trump’s levies did weaken support for Republicans, but only modestly, the paper said. Ana Swanson, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 About $26 million of the project funding will come from the city and grants, Okada said, with no additional property tax levy needed. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, 25 Jan. 2024 But Georgia is far from the only state where lawmakers are reacting to voter discontent over higher levies. Jeff Amy, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2024 November’s year-over-year decline was the seventh such drop over the past eight months, said Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond, whose office monitors collections of the 6% levy added to short-term lodging costs. Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 But the case has also exposed questions about the accuracy of the personal story a Washington State couple presented to the court in making their constitutional challenge to the tax, a one-time levy on offshore earnings. Julie Zauzmer Weil, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 Washington has zero state income tax but since 2022 has charged a 7% levy on capital gains over $250,000, raising $900 million its first year. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 New York and Connecticut levy excise taxes on cannabis that increase with potency, just as liquor is taxed at higher rates than beer. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Jan. 2024 The bill in question, which has now been shelved, would have imposed a 1% tax on the total net worth of those with assets in excess of $50 million and a 1.5% levy on billionaires. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024
Verb
The bonds would be repaid through a mix of revenues from the project, including a ticket tax, parking fees, concession taxes, income taxes levied on athletes performing at the arena, and naming rights from the district, among other sources. Sarah Rankin, Fortune, 10 Feb. 2024 This includes reversing the Trump tax cuts that benefited the wealthy, closing tax loopholes for corporations and finding the best ways to levy taxes on wealth — which unlike income, cannot be easily hidden or disguised. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The attorney general, Letitia James, has asked a judge to levy a penalty of about $370 million on Mr. Trump. Kate Christobek, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 In the SouthPark fire settlement, the state agreed to cut the fines levied against Baker Insulation after stipulating that the company had to improve its safety and health program, according to labor department spokesperson Erin Wilson. Ames Alexander, Charlotte Observer, 24 Jan. 2024 Last year, California became the first state in the nation to levy a tax on guns and ammunition. Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, 23 Jan. 2024 Mosby drew acclaim by those who said the charges levied were important to holding police accountable, but was also criticized for prosecutorial overreach when her office failed to convict any of the six. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 The impeachment effort escalates the recent criticism Republicans have levied against Austin over the last week after he was hospitalized but did not disclose his condition until four days later. Cami Mondeaux, Washington Examiner, 9 Jan. 2024 For years, Trump’s supporters have levied the accusation of psyop at anything that contradicts their worldview. Justin Ling, WIRED, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Levy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levy. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

levy

1 of 2 noun
plural levies
1
a
: the laying or collection especially of a tax
b
: an amount levied
2
: the calling of troops into service

levy

2 of 2 verb
levied; levying
1
: to establish or collect by legal authority
levy a tax
levy a fine
2
: to raise or collect troops for military service

Legal Definition

levy

1 of 2 noun
plural levies
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 $10,000D. Q. Posin

levy

2 of 2 verb
levied; levying

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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