tax

noun, often attributive
\ ˈtaks How to pronounce tax (audio) \

Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes
b : a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses
2 : a heavy demand

tax

verb
taxed; taxing; taxes

Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to levy a tax on
2 : to make onerous and rigorous demands on the job taxed her strength
3 : charge, accuse taxed him with neglect of duty also : censure
4 : to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs in a court action)
5 obsolete : to enter (a name) in a list there went out a decree … that all the world should be taxed — Luke 2:1 (King James Version)
variants: or taxo- or less commonly taxi-

Definition of tax- (Entry 3 of 3)

: arrangement taxeme taxidermy

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Other Words from tax

Verb

taxable \ ˈtak-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce tax- (audio) \ adjective
taxer noun

Synonyms for tax

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of tax in a Sentence

Noun The decision was made to raise taxes. He was accused of evading taxes. What was your income before taxes? What is the amount of tax to be paid? What was your income before tax? Verb He believes in taxing the rich to give to the poor. You are taxed according to your income. puzzles that tax your brain
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This also ensures that the right amount of taxes are paid on all connections and that no tax revenue is lost to the government. Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Over the next few months, the CBO estimated, the Treasury Department expects to collect only $1 in tax revenue for every $2 it is bound by law to spend. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 The libertarian-leaning Libertas Institute made a similar point while backing legislation supported by the Utah Rivers Council in 2017 that would have reduced the amount of tax revenue that water districts can collect. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Sep. 2021 New Jersey has the country’s largest sports betting market and collected $49.4 million in new tax revenue in 2020, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 Warehouses produce new jobs and tax revenue for local governments. Andy Peters, ajc, 17 Sep. 2021 Republican lawmakers have said the American Rescue Plan allows states wide flexibility in using funds to replace tax revenue that was lost because of the pandemic. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2021 The gaming industry contributed over half of the city’s $54 billion pre-pandemic GDP, provides employment for roughly 17% of Macau’s 600,000 residents, and generates 80% of the local government’s tax revenue. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2021 With more property in the city comes more tax revenue. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here's how the Democrats want to tax the rich: The top marginal income tax rate would rise to 39.6%, up from 37%, and would apply to single filers with taxable income greater than $400,000 and married couples earning more than $450,000 annually. Tami Luhby, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 It’s the only instance in American history that a group has requested that the government tax them. Chris Dorsey, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The peace commissioners’ work could begin only when the defiant colonists ceased to challenge the British Parliament’s right to tax them. Julie Flavell, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Aug. 2021 The income tax universe was not designed for the way the wealthy have their wealth today, but it wasn’t designed purposely not to tax them. ProPublica, 6 Aug. 2021 If enacted, the plan could reshape the global economy, altering where corporations choose to operate, who gets to tax them and the incentives that nations offer to lure investment. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 11 July 2021 If enacted, the plan could reshape the global economy, altering where corporations choose to operate, who gets to tax them and the incentives that nations offer to lure investment. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, 10 July 2021 The major need is to generate new will—the will to tax ourselves to the extent necessary, to meet the vital needs of the nation. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 24 June 2021 The White House has portrayed its plan as a Robin Hood-style effort to tax the rich in order to spend on benefits for the middle class and poor. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of tax

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for tax

Verb

Middle English, to estimate, assess, tax, from Anglo-French taxer, from Medieval Latin taxare, from Latin, to feel, estimate, censure, frequentative of tangere to touch — more at tangent entry 2

Combining form

Greek taxi-, from taxis

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The first known use of tax was in the 14th century

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“Tax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tax. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for tax

tax

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount of money that a government requires people to pay according to their income, the value of their property, etc., and that is used to pay for the things done by the government

tax

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 2)

: to require (someone) to pay a tax
: to require someone to pay a tax on (something)
: to require a lot from (something or someone) : to put demands on (something or someone)

tax

noun
\ ˈtaks How to pronounce tax (audio) \

Kids Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: money collected by the government from people or businesses for public use

tax

verb
taxed; taxing

Kids Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to require to pay money to a government for public use
2 : to cause a strain on Fighting to survive the storm taxed their strength.

tax

transitive verb

Legal Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs of an action in court)
2 : to levy a tax on tax the corporation tax capital gains

Other Words from tax

taxer noun

tax

noun, often attributive

Legal Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a charge usually of money imposed by legislative or other public authority upon persons or property for public purposes
2 : a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses

History and Etymology for tax

Transitive verb

Medieval Latin taxare to assess for taxation, tax, from Latin, to assess, value, fix

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