tariff

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noun

tar·​iff ˈter-əf How to pronounce tariff (audio)
ˈta-rəf
1
a
: a schedule of duties imposed by a government on imported or in some countries exported goods
b
: a duty or rate of duty imposed in such a schedule
2
: a schedule of rates or charges of a business or a public utility
3

tariff

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verb

tariffed; tariffing; tariffs

transitive verb

: to subject to a tariff

Examples of tariff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Look no further than a GOP Senate bill that would enact a carbon tariff—i.e., a new tax. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2023 For years, the two have wrestled over the prerequisites for his carmaker to enter the market, with the entrepreneur asking that the tariffs, which can as much as double the price of his cars, be substantially reduced. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023 Federal law gives the president wide authority to impose tariffs. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2023 No mention of the sectional application of U.S. tariffs at that time? Erik W. Matson, National Review, 7 Nov. 2023 The Trump administration eliminated the incentive to relocate overseas with its large corporate tax cut in 2017, and began the onshoring drive with a series of protectionist tariffs. Alan Murray, Fortune, 23 Oct. 2023 Many factors have contributed to this trend, including the long-term effects of the Trump administration’s tariffs on China (which the Biden administration has kept in place) and some legislation, such as the CHIPS Act. Robert E. Lighthizer, Foreign Affairs, 27 Sep. 2023 The European Commission investigation could lead to the imposition of tariffs on Chinese EV imports, and von der Leyen’s announcement rattled the stocks of China’s biggest EV companies listed in Hong Kong. James Frater, CNN, 13 Sep. 2023 Of this, more than a million dollars’ worth of contemporary art was acquired from the United States or from American nationals abroad — though the art was often undervalued to avoid tariffs, the indictment said. Graham Bowley, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023
Verb
Will tariff reductions be on the docket? Ian Mount, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2021 But Trump’s main strategy for obtaining better trade deals has been to tariff other countries into submission. Tom Benning, Dallas News, 3 Apr. 2020 In public, Chinese officials call Mr Trump’s tariffs self-defeating and stress their country’s economic resilience. The Economist, 2 Jan. 2020 If Trump continues to tariff Chinese goods, the real losers will be the American consumers, manufacturers and farmers who will bear the costs. Leo Hindery Jr. For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 11 Sep. 2019 Thus, American retailers and consumers will likely not get stuck with the extra cost for those goods tariffed in December. James D. Schultz For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 15 Aug. 2019 Chief Executive Officer Martin Wong said his company, a rival to Inventec, has also shifted some notebook lines to Taiwan and was considering investing more in Vietnam should tariff-conflicts persist. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, 13 Aug. 2019 Fifty-three-foot shipping containers are essential for trucking and rail transportation, and big companies like J.B Hunt and CSX said that tariffing them would make all kinds of freight shipments more expensive. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, 22 Aug. 2019 The Buffalo plant may be the latest indicator that tariffs on steel imports imposed by President Donald Trump are giving a lending hand to the U.S. steel industry. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, 23 July 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Italian tariffa, from Arabic taʽrīf notification

First Known Use

Noun

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tariff was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Tariff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tariff. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

tariff

noun
tar·​iff
ˈtar-əf
1
a
: a list of taxes placed by a government on imported or in some countries exported goods
b
: a tax or rate of tax set up in a tariff list
2
: a list of rates or charges of a business or public service company

Legal Definition

tariff

noun
tar·​iff ˈtar-əf How to pronounce tariff (audio)
1
a
: a schedule of duties imposed by a government on imported or in some countries exported goods
b
: a duty or rate of duty imposed in such a schedule
2
: a document filed with the appropriate government agency that sets forth the rates, charges, and other provisions pertaining to services furnished by a business (as a carrier) or public utility
Etymology

Noun

Italian tariffa, from Arabic taʽrīf notification

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