tax·​ing | \ ˈtak-siŋ How to pronounce taxing (audio) \

Definition of taxing

: onerous, wearing a taxing operatic role

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Other Words from taxing

taxingly \ ˈtak-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce taxing (audio) \ adverb

Examples of taxing in a Sentence

The journey proved to be very taxing. a very taxing workload that is taking a lot of time to finish
Recent Examples on the Web The Tour de Ski is a series of eight races at three venues in 10 days and is generally considered one of the most taxing events in the sport — physically and mentally, as Schumacher will attest. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska cross-country skiers claim 9 of 22 spots on U23, World Junior ski teams," 16 Jan. 2021 Far more taxing than the logistics is the social adjustment. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "Is Where You Live Truly Your Home?," 14 Jan. 2021 The final game of this taxing and strange season played through the coronavirus pandemic is on schedule to take place at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, as planned. Ralph D. Russo,, "Alabama, Ohio State to settle it all in college football’s strangest season," 10 Jan. 2021 The search for a solution to keep goods flowing in and out of Britain comes after another taxing weekend for the U.K. at the end of a tumultuous year. Alex Morales,, "Isolated U.K. Seeks to Reopen Trade Route After Days of Chaos," 21 Dec. 2020 The toll of being a working parent is more taxing than ever. Christine Trodella, Quartz at Work, "How to manage remote workers when their productivity dips," 1 Dec. 2020 For something a little less taxing, head to the California Botanic Garden in Claremont and stroll through clay sculptures made by 14 artists. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: How will we get the vaccine?," 13 Nov. 2020 This was an emotionally taxing experience for all of us. CBS News, "Jim Gaffigan on the painstaking, belabored marathon of an election," 8 Nov. 2020 Rules and regulations might make your job or other responsibilities more taxing than usual. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 9, 2020: Leo, weekend is looking enjoyable; Scorpio, broaden your horizons," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of taxing

1841, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jan 2021

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“Taxing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of taxing

: requiring a lot of effort, energy, etc.

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