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tithe

noun \ ˈtīt͟h \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tithe

1 : a tenth part of something paid as a voluntary contribution or as a tax especially for the support of a religious establishment
2 : the obligation represented by individual tithes
3 : tenth; broadly : a small part
4 : a small tax or levy

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Origin and Etymology of tithe

Middle English, from Old English teogotha tenth; akin to Middle Low German tegede tenth, Old English tīen ten — more at ten


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tithe

verb

Definition of tithe

tithed; tithing
transitive verb
1 : to pay or give a tenth part of especially for the support of a religious establishment or organization
2 : to levy a tithe on
intransitive verb
: to give a tenth of one's income as a tithe

Origin and Etymology of tithe

Middle English, from Old English teogothian, from teogotha tenth


TITHE Defined for English Language Learners

tithe

noun

Definition of tithe for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money that a person gives to a church which is usually equal to 1/10 of that person's income


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