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tax

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transitive verb \ˈtaks\

Definition of tax

  1. 1 :  to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs in a court action)

  2. 2 :  to levy a tax on

  3. 3 obsolete :  to enter (a name) in a list <there went out a decree…that all the world should be taxed — Luke 2:1(Authorized Version)>

  4. 4 :  charge, accuse <taxed him with neglect of duty>; also :  censure

  5. 5 :  to make onerous and rigorous demands on <the job taxed her strength>

taxable

play \ˈtak-sə-bəl\ adjective

taxer

noun

Examples of tax in a sentence

  1. He believes in taxing the rich to give to the poor.

  2. You are taxed according to your income.

  3. puzzles that tax your brain

Origin and Etymology of tax

Middle English, to estimate, assess, tax, from Anglo-French taxer, from Medieval Latin taxare, from Latin, to feel, estimate, censure, frequentative of tangere to touch — more at tangent


First Known Use: 14th century


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tax

noun, often attributive

Definition of tax

  1. 1a :  a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposesb :  a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses

  2. 2 :  a heavy demand

Examples of tax in a sentence

  1. The decision was made to raise taxes.

  2. He was accused of evading taxes.

  3. What was your income before taxes?

  4. What is the amount of tax to be paid?

  5. What was your income before tax?

14th Century

First Known Use of tax

14th century


tax-

combining form

Definition of tax-

  1. :  arrangement <taxeme> <taxidermy>

Variants of tax-

or

taxo-

less commonly

taxi-

Origin and Etymology of tax-

Greek taxi-, from taxis



TAX Defined for English Language Learners

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tax

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transitive verb \ˈtaks\

Definition of tax for English Language Learners

  • : to require (someone) to pay a tax

  • : to require someone to pay a tax on (something)

  • : to require a lot from (something or someone) : to put demands on (something or someone)


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tax

noun, often attributive

Definition of tax for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money that a government requires people to pay according to their income, the value of their property, etc., and that is used to pay for the things done by the government


TAX Defined for Kids

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tax

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noun \ˈtaks\

Definition of tax for Students

  1. :  money collected by the government from people or businesses for public use


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tax

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verb

Definition of tax for Students

taxed

taxing

  1. 1 :  to require to pay money to a government for public use

  2. 2 :  to cause a strain on <Fighting to survive the storm taxed their strength.>


Law Dictionary

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tax

transitive verb

Legal Definition of tax

  1. 1 :  to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs of an action in court)

  2. 2 :  to levy a tax on <tax the corporation> <tax capital gains>

taxer

noun

Origin and Etymology of tax

Medieval Latin taxare to assess for taxation, tax, from Latin, to assess, value, fix


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tax

noun , often attrib

Legal Definition of tax

  1. 1 :  a charge usually of money imposed by legislative or other public authority upon persons or property for public purposes

  2. 2 :  a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses



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