\ ˈtīt͟h How to pronounce tithe (audio) \

Definition of tithe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


tithed; tithing

Definition of tithe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of tithe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Within two decades, Koyama, heiress to a vast textile fortune and one of Japan’s richest women, prospered even further thanks to tithes paid by the group’s followers, which now number some 300,000 worldwide. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "I.M. Pei: Establishment Modernism Lite," 24 May 2019 One in 3 say tithes can go to help a person who is in need. Adelle M. Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Churchgoers say gifts to charity,needy count as tithing," 12 May 2018 Instead of a tithe, the price for their admission to this sanctuary is $250 per month. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Women-Only Spaces Are Part of a Coworking Craze. Some Might Also Be Violating the Law," 20 Apr. 2018 Destiny Church's bylaws call for the congregation to give away 10 percent of the tithes that come in each year. Julie Zauzmer, Houston Chronicle, "One way to get people to church on Sunday:Give away free cars," 10 Mar. 2018 In the unlikely circumstance that a ruler gave a gift to a peasant, the recipient was expected to give something back as a debt of gratitude — in the form of loyalty, a tribute or a tithe. Diana Butler Bass, Washington Post, "Why Jesus’ first Christmas gifts were truly shocking," 25 Dec. 2017 The people of the capital city rail at the cost of living, the taxes imposed on electricity and gasoline, the tithes collected in the name of the war effort from all small businesses. TIME.com, "Between Life and Death in Yemen," 19 Dec. 2017 According to the Torah, tithes are taken from the crops in three year cycles. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Weiss: Discovering the true nature of our sins," 5 Sep. 2017 The payment of a tithe, 10 percent of a church member’s income, is one of the requirements for entering a temple once it is dedicated. Anna Webb, idahostatesman, "Why do Mormons wear white? Why do they have temples? A Q&A on the faith," 27 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

My daddy was a saver who rarely spent anything, saved everything, and fully tithed at church plus extra. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "I don’t care how high the price for bitcoin gets, it’s still too risky for the average investor," 27 June 2019 According to persistent rumors, after King Constantine was deposed, a small group of wealthy Greek families tithed, in effect, for his benefit. Michael Joseph Gross, Vanities, "“There’s Nothing Wrong with Falling from Grace”: The Global Network of Monarchists Helping Deposed Kings and Queens," 27 Apr. 2018 My father was a big believer in tithing to the church. Leada Gore, AL.com, "How to get free McDonald's fries today," 20 Apr. 2018 Ignoring the sisters' patrimony requires accounting for tithing in income qualification reviews of Medicaid recipients of all faiths, state officials said. Fox News, "Nebraska doesn't extend Medicaid benefits to elderly nuns," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tithe


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for tithe


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


Middle English, from Old English teogothian, from teogotha tenth

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English Language Learners Definition of tithe

: 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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