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an official list or table showing the duties or customs imposed by a government on imports or exports.
the schedule or system of duties so imposed.
any duty or rate of duty in such a list or schedule.
any table of charges, as of a railroad, bus line, etc.
bill; cost; charge.
verb (used with object)
to subject to a tariff.
to put a valuation on according to a tariff.

1585–95; earlier tariffa < Italian < Arabic taʿrīfah, derivative of ʿarrafa to make known

tariffless, adjective
pretariff, noun, adjective
protariff, adjective
retariff, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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tariff (ˈtærɪf)
1.  a.  a tax levied by a government on imports or occasionally exports for purposes of protection, support of the balance of payments, or the raising of revenue
 b.  a system or list of such taxes
2.  any schedule of prices, fees, fares, etc
3.  chiefly (Brit)
 a.  a method of charging for the supply of services, esp public services, such as gas and electricity: block tariff
 b.  a schedule of such charges
4.  chiefly (Brit) a bill of fare with prices listed; menu
 (Brit) the level of punishment imposed for a criminal offence
5.  to set a tariff on
6.  to set a price on according to a schedule of tariffs
[C16: from Italian tariffa, from Arabic ta`rīfa to inform]

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Word Origin & History

1591, "arithmetical table," from It. tariffa, M.L. tarifa "list of prices, book of rates," from Arabic ta'rif "information, notification, inventory of fees to be paid," verbal noun from arafa "to make known." Meaning "official list of customs duties on imports or exports" is from 1592; sense of "classified
list of charges made in a business" is recorded from 1757.
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tariff definition

A government tax on imports, designed either to raise revenue or to protect domestic industry from foreign competition.

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