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

assessment, duty, imposition, impost, tax

Synonyms: Verb

conscribe, conscript, draft

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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 schools, still in the midst of major renovations, is forecasting a deficit in 2020, the first time since a levy passed in 2012. Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com, "Lakewood Together: A new kind of hyperlocal news in an engaged Cleveland suburb," 23 Aug. 2019 The measure proposed by Mayor Jenny Durkan would authorize additional property taxes and replace a $123 million library levy set to expire at the end of this year. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 This means everything that China sells to the United States — from clothes and iPhones to chemicals and construction equipment — will have levies of between 10 and 25 percent on them starting in September. Washington Post, "China warns of retaliatory measures after Trump threatens new tariffs," 2 Aug. 2019 This means everything that China sells to the United States — from clothes and iPhones to chemicals and construction equipment— will have levies of between 10 percent and 25 percent on them starting in September. Anna Fifield, BostonGlobe.com, "China warns of retaliatory measures after Trump announces new tariffs," 2 Aug. 2019 In April the Seattle City Council unanimously agreed to send a seven-year $219 million library levy to the Aug. 6 ballot. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Have you voted yet? Here’s a quick ballot catchup for the Aug. 6 primary," 29 July 2019 These fees can take many forms, including the necessity for merchants to spend more on advertising in order to gain visibility; Amazon products don’t have to pay such a levy. Tim O'reilly, Quartz, "Antitrust regulators are using the wrong tools to break up Big Tech," 17 July 2019 But while Democrats began the year with a surplus of ideas for taxing Californians, only a few strategic levies survived the negotiation process, specifically a fine on individuals who don’t have health insurance under a state mandate. Laurel Rosenhall, The Mercury News, "California just passed a $215 billion budget. Here’s what’s between the lines.," 14 June 2019 In many respects, the Smoot-Hawley levies were far more damaging to the US and global economy than any tariffs that had been enacted before. David A. Andelman For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Trump is taking us back to depression-era trade policy," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Eric Allen, of Conifer, took those concerns about his own home to the Public Utilities Commission, and in late June, the regulatory agency levied a $1.125 million fine that CNG would have to pay if the mistakes weren’t fixed. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "Former employee says Colorado Natural Gas violated federal, state codes when installing gas systems at his home, others," 11 Sep. 2019 The death came behind closed doors last week even as the federal government was issuing a scathing report of MSU's actions that both levied a record-breaking fine and still left dozens of questions unanswered. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Nassar survivors: MSU president must act after 'complete betrayal' from board members," 9 Sep. 2019 Noah Phillips, a Republican member of the commission, argued that Congress should give the agency more guidance about how to levy fines. New York Times, "Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube," 4 Sep. 2019 The agency is expected to levy a multimillion-dollar fine. Mark Bergen, Fortune, "YouTube Plans to End ‘Targeted’ Ads on Kids’ Videos—Critics Say That Doesn’t Go Far Enough," 20 Aug. 2019 The organization is levying fines — the collective bargaining agreement stipulates teams can fine players $40,000 per no-show day — and hoping to bleed Williams financially and force him back. Sam Fortier, baltimoresun.com, "Jay Gruden ‘seriously’ doubts Redskins will trade Trent Williams," 3 Aug. 2019 In February, Mayo’s attorney, Bob Whitestone, argued in court that the seizure of the Tahoe violated the Eighth Amendment, which bars the government from levying excessive fines. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "She delivered $200 worth of drugs. Police seized her $53,000 Chevrolet Tahoe.," 28 July 2019 Following the investigation, the state could levy fines and administrative orders against the county, Ecology spokesman Larry Altose said. USA TODAY, "Moon trees, moon film, monk honored: News from around our 50 states," 23 July 2019 Legislation is advancing in both the House and Senate that would expand the FCC's powers to write rules, levy fines and pursue illegitimate robocallers. Brian Fung, CNN, "FTC reports a sharp increase in phone scams from criminals impersonating IRS, Social Security," 1 July 2019

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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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levy

noun

Financial Definition of levy

What It Is

A levy is the seizure of property in order to repay debt. In the U.S., the IRS has the authority to levy. (For everybody else, this is called foreclosure or repossession.)

How It Works

Let’s assume John Doe owns a house in the country and hasn't filed a tax return for five years. The IRS catches up to him and sends him a $45,000 tax bill. John has fallen on hard times lately, and is unable to pay the taxes. Accordingly, the IRS levies the house.

Levies can be on property, wages, bank accounts or anything else of value. A levy is not the same as a lien. A levy actually takes the property; a lien just places a restriction on the sale or transfer of the property.

Why It Matters

Taxing authorities are always anxious to get their money, but they must give written notice to a taxpayer before levying a taxpayer's assets. States also have the authority to impose levies for the lack of payment of state income taxes.

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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

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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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