tax

1 of 3

noun

often attributive
1
a
: a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes
b
: a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses
2
: a heavy demand

tax

2 of 3

verb

taxed; taxing; taxes

transitive verb

1
: to levy a tax on
2
: to make onerous and rigorous demands on
the job taxed her strength
3
: charge, accuse
taxed him with neglect of duty
also : censure
4
: to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs in a court action)
5
obsolete : to enter (a name) in a list
there went out a decree … that all the world should be taxedLuke 2:1 (King James Version)
taxable adjective
taxer noun

tax-

3 of 3

combining form

variants or taxo- or less commonly taxi-
: arrangement
taxeme
taxidermy

Examples of tax in a Sentence

Noun The decision was made to raise taxes. He was accused of evading taxes. What was your income before taxes? What is the amount of tax to be paid? What was your income before tax? Verb He believes in taxing the rich to give to the poor. You are taxed according to your income. puzzles that tax your brain
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The code, known as the merchant category code (MCC), tracks the type of business where a transaction was made to determine things like tax reporting or transaction fees. Kinsey Crowley, USA TODAY, 7 July 2024 The one crime clearly not an official act for which Nixon could have been prosecuted was tax fraud in connection with his gift of vice presidential papers to the National Archives. Nick Akerman, New York Daily News, 7 July 2024
Verb
That means outdoor activities during the holiday weekend could be taxing. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2024 Net income dividends and short-term capital gain dividends, while generally taxable at ordinary income rates, may be eligible, to the extent of qualified dividend income earned by the Funds, to be taxed at a lower rate not to exceed the maximum rate applicable to your long-term capital gains. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for tax 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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 entry 2

Combining form

Greek taxi-, from taxis

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Time Traveler
The first known use of tax was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tax. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

tax

1 of 2 verb
1
: to require to pay a tax
2
: to accuse of something
taxed them with carelessness
3
: to make heavy demands on : strain
taxed our strength
taxer noun

tax

2 of 2 noun
1
: a charge usually of money set by authority on persons or property for public purposes
2
: something (as an effort or duty) that makes heavy demands : strain

Legal Definition

tax

1 of 2 transitive verb
1
: to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs of an action in court)
2
: to levy a tax on
tax the corporation
tax capital gains
taxer noun

tax

2 of 2 noun
often attributive
1
: a charge usually of money imposed by legislative or other public authority upon persons or property for public purposes
2
: a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses
Etymology

Transitive verb

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

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