tax·​ing | \ˈtak-siŋ \

Definition of taxing 

: onerous, wearing a taxing operatic role

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Other Words from taxing

taxingly \ ˈtak-​siŋ-​lē \ 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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Even its hardware initiatives are based on content presentation: the Chromebook's great innovation is being, essentially, a web browser tied to a minimally taxing device. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Can Google Really Launch a Viable Videogame Platform?," 7 July 2018 Coming to terms -- and in some cases for Scalise that was by reliving the shooting through the eyes of others who were there -- is an emotionally taxing and incomplete process. Phil Mattingly, CNN, "One year after grievous gunshot wound, Steve Scalise takes the field," 14 June 2018 As June sets in, and with it the months-long peak season of fishing participation (and fish cleaning) in Texas, plus the approach of Father’s Day, almost all anglers are looking for a way to make that task less taxing and more efficient. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Fillet blade a cut above the rest for anglers," 6 June 2018 Harvesting the eggs was a physically taxing process, requiring several weeks of daily estrogen injections that felt counter-productive to Cabanban, who longed to look and feel more masculine. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "Before they transition, some transgender youth preserve fertility by banking sperm or eggs," 3 Apr. 2018 When an area is designated as a TIF district, property tax revenue – which is split up among taxing bodies including public schools – is frozen. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "District 214, Mount Prospect agree to settle lawsuit over special taxing district," 27 Apr. 2018 Brownlee’s performance was nothing short of a triumph, quite the finest singing of this most taxing tenor role one is likely to hear in any opera house today. John Von Rhein,, "Spectacular singing sparks Lyric's revival of 'I Puritani'," 5 Feb. 2018 That was just one of the extremely taxing experiences in Mauti's life. Josh Katzenstein,, "Texans coach Bill O'Brien praises Michael Mauti's comeback with Saints," 23 Jan. 2018 That goes double for the emotionally taxing process of sorting the physical possessions loved ones leave behind, a process that inspired Steppenwolf ensemble member Molly Regan's new solo play, The Accidental Curator. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Theater In The Accidental Curator, Steppenwolf ensemble member Molly Regan reckons with the dead," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of taxing

1841, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of taxing

: requiring a lot of effort, energy, etc.

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obstinately defiant of authority

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