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

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 On Wednesday, the board unanimously voted during an emergency meeting to pull the levy off the ballot. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Free movies at Walmart, why you'll hear gunshots, Zoo babies, tax hike nixed - Thursday updates," 6 Aug. 2020 Trump’s call a reduction in the levy for Social Security and Medicare. Laura Davison, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Solo Act on Payroll Tax Cut Could Lead to Big Bills Later," 3 Aug. 2020 Raising the levy to 1.5 mills will generate nearly $16 million in the 2020-21 fiscal year, the COGCC said. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado scales back proposed fee hike on oil, gas industry after estimates show better-than-expected production," 27 July 2020 Looking ahead to November, Biasiotta is optimistic that voters will support the levy. John Benson, cleveland, "Seven Hills considers unique tax-reducing parks and recreation levy for fall ballot," 25 June 2020 Amid financial uncertainty from the state legislature about EdChoice that preceded the COVID-19 emergency, the CH-UH school board placed a 7.9-mill operating levy on the March 17 ballot. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools on board for potential lawsuit over EdChoice private tuition vouchers," 23 June 2020 That means that passage of a 3.85-mill levy in November would result in no additional taxes. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Chagrin Falls school board takes first step to place 3.85-mill levy on Nov. 3 ballot," 9 July 2020 The levy would be applied to businesses with $7 million or more in annual payroll, but an assessment would not be placed on salaries below $150,000. Fox News, "Socialist Seattle councilwoman to Jeff Bezos: 'We are coming for you and your rotten system'," 9 July 2020 The City Council is scheduled to take up the levy proposal during a meeting on July 22. oregonlive, "Portland considering November ballot measure for tax levy to fund parks system," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb About a dozen business owners and companies sued the state in May, challenging Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s authority to levy hefty fines for violating the public health orders. USA TODAY, "Post-rally surge, PPE stocks, antibody study: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2020 President Trump signed a law in June that enshrines human rights for Uighurs in U.S. policies toward China and requires the president to levy sanctions against Chinese party leaders in Xinjiang. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "US sanctions Chinese Communist Party officials for Uighur human rights abuses," 9 July 2020 Earlier in June, Trump signed a law that enshrines human rights for Uighurs in U.S. policies toward China and requires the president to levy sanctions against Chinese party leaders in Xinjiang. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Commission calls for State Department investigation into possible Uighur genocide by China," 30 June 2020 The law enshrines human rights for Uighurs in U.S. policies toward China and requires Trump to levy sanctions against Chinese party leaders in Xinjiang, where many Uighurs are interned in camps. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Religious freedom advocates praise Trump for signing Uighur rights bill after Bolton accusation," 18 June 2020 The commission’s decision to consider a TSPLOST will need the support of Stockbridge, Locust Grove, Hampton and McDonough to levy a full 1 percent tax, the county said. Leon Stafford, ajc, "Henry County considering TSPLOST to address growing traffic congestion," 17 June 2020 China is currently drafting national security legislation in Beijing that’s expected to levy harsher sentences against Hong Kong residents convicted of supporting secession or cooperating with foreign powers, among other offenses. Brendan Scott, Bloomberg.com, "Joshua Wong Calls Lebron James a Hypocrite for Silence on China," 9 June 2020 Mary Spadoni, who has lived in Costa Mesa more than half of her 75 years, religiously attends City Council meetings to opine about policy or act as a political watchdog and levy critiques against council members. Los Angeles Times, "How to be civically or politically active during a pandemic," 5 June 2020 In nearby provinces Jilin and Liaoning, a cluster of over 40 infections caused authorities to levy lockdown measures over a region of 100 million people. Fortune, "Wuhan’s mass testing blitz might have eradicated the coronavirus," 1 June 2020

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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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11 Aug 2020

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“Levy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levy. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for levy

levy

noun
How to pronounce levy (audio)

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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