tax·​ing ˈtak-siŋ How to pronounce taxing (audio)
: onerous, wearing
a taxing operatic role
taxingly 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taxing was in 1841

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“Taxing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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