levy

[lev-ee]
noun, plural levies.
1.
an imposing or collecting, as of a tax, by authority or force.
2.
the amount owed or collected.
3.
the conscription of troops.
4.
the troops conscripted.
verb (used with object), levied, levying.
5.
to impose (a tax): to levy a duty on imports.
6.
to conscript (troops).
7.
to start or wage (war).
verb (used without object), levied, levying.
8.
to seize or attach property by judicial order.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English leve(e) < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of lever to raise < Latin levāre, akin to levis light; cf. levee2

relevy, verb (used with object), relevied, relevying.
self-levied, adjective
unlevied, adjective

levee, levy.


6. draft, enlist, callup.
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levy (ˈlɛvɪ)
 
vb , levies, levying, levied
1.  to impose and collect (a tax, tariff, fine, etc)
2.  to conscript troops for service
3.  to seize or attach (property) in accordance with the judgment of a court
 
n , levies, levying, levied, levies
4.  a.  the act of imposing and collecting a tax, tariff, etc
 b.  the money so raised
5.  a.  the conscription of troops for service
 b.  a person conscripted in this way
 
[C15: from Old French levée a raising, from lever, from Latin levāre to raise]
 
'levier
 
n

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levy
1227, "act of raising or collecting," from Anglo-Fr. leve, from O.Fr. levée "act of raising," noun use of fem. pp. of lever "to raise" (see lever). Originally of taxes, later of men for armies (1500). The noun meaning "an act of levying" is from 1427.
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Levy definition


(1 Kings 4:6, R.V.; 5:13), forced service. The service of tributaries was often thus exacted by kings. Solomon raised a "great levy" of 30,000 men, about two per cent. of the population, to work for him by courses on Lebanon. Adoram (12:18) presided over this forced labour service (Ger. Frohndienst; Fr. corvee).

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Example sentences
Annual wealth taxes are levied each year as a fraction of the taxpayer's net
  worth.
Cameras snap license plates, and hefty fines are levied on those who venture
  into the city by motor vehicle without a permit.
It's convenient, to be sure, but a virtual tax is levied in download time.
Though they differ widely from state to state, the funds generally draw their
  revenue from fees levied on lawyers.
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