9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[lev-ee] /ˈlɛv i/
noun, plural levies.
an imposing or collecting, as of a tax, by authority or force.
the amount owed or collected.
the conscription of troops.
the troops conscripted.
verb (used with object), levied, levying.
to impose (a tax):
to levy a duty on imports.
to conscript (troops).
to start or wage (war).
verb (used without object), levied, levying.
to seize or attach property by judicial order.
Origin of levy
late Middle English
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
Related forms
relevy, verb (used with object), relevied, relevying.
self-levied, adjective
unlevied, adjective
Can be confused
levee, levy.
6. draft, enlist, callup. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for levied
  • 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.
  • Internationally, on delivery of bits and bytes, tax is being levied.
  • At the same time the fines levied on convicted cartels started to increase, inducing more firms to come clean.
  • The bank levied printing tax is levied on government too.
  • Worse than the level of tax, though, is the way in which it is levied.
  • But, the future remains to be seen about how logical future gas replacement taxes are levied.
  • The public sector borrows money to afford it, which means more regressive printing tax is levied on the poor.
British Dictionary definitions for levied


verb (transitive) levies, levying, levied
to impose and collect (a tax, tariff, fine, etc)
to conscript troops for service
to seize or attach (property) in accordance with the judgment of a court
noun (pl) levies
  1. the act of imposing and collecting a tax, tariff, etc
  2. the money so raised
  1. the conscription of troops for service
  2. a person conscripted in this way
Derived Forms
levier, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French levée a raising, from lever, from Latin levāre to raise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for levied



early 13c., "act of raising or collecting," from Anglo-French leve, from Old French levée "act of raising," noun use of fem. past participle of lever "to raise" (see lever). Originally of taxes, later of men for armies (c.1500). Related: Levied; levying.


"an act of levying," early 15c., from Anglo-French leve, Old French levée "a raising, lifting; levying," noun use of fem. past participle of lever "to raise" (see lever).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
levied in the Bible

(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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for levy

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for levied

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with levied

Nearby words for levied