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

Definition of taxing

: onerous, wearing a taxing operatic role

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taxingly \ ˈtak-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce taxingly (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 And those problems gave way to an even more taxing cluster of problems—fielding emails and sympathy cards, accepting casseroles with some modicum of grace, returning to work. Rax King, Glamour, "After My Dad Died, I Started Sending Him Emails. Months Later, Someone Wrote Back," 15 Jan. 2020 Earlier this season, Murray acknowledged the growing pains that come with trying to learn the NBA’s most taxing position. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Derrick White brings “calm” to San Antonio Spurs’ starting five," 26 Nov. 2019 The episodes kick off with a Swift Gift challenge, followed by the more taxing Big Gift competition. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Wrap Battle,' Freeform's new series about wrapping presents, is a gift – really!," 22 Nov. 2019 The Transcendental Études contain some of the most taxing piano writing ever put on paper: jagged chords strewn all over the keyboard, everywhere-leaping arpeggiated figures, pages of double octaves. Ben Crandell,, "Guide to the Arts: 5 must-see classical music performances this season," 1 Oct. 2019 When an area is designated as a TIF district, property tax revenue – which is split up among taxing bodies including public schools — is frozen for up to 23 years. Rick Kambic,, "As wait continues for formal plan to redevelop Hawthorn Mall, officials in Vernon Hills gear up for negotiations over tax incentives," 3 July 2019 As Wynonna regains her power after the physically taxing events of season 2 — which included an unexpected pregnancy — Purgatory is visited by a vampire cult with ancient ties to the area. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Wynonna Earp is back, and there’s still time to catch up on Netflix," 20 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of taxing

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of taxing was in 1841

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24 Jan 2020

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“Taxing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of taxing

: requiring a lot of effort, energy, etc.

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