|1.||a compulsory financial contribution imposed by a government to raise revenue, levied on the income or property of persons or organizations, on the production costs or sales prices of goods and services, etc|
|2.||a heavy demand on something; strain: a tax on our resources|
|3.||to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)|
|4.||to make heavy demands on; strain: to tax one's intellect|
|5.||to accuse, charge, or blame: he was taxed with the crime|
|6.||to determine (the amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a legal action), as by examining the solicitor's bill of costs: to tax costs|
|7.||slang to steal|
|[C13: from Old French taxer, from Latin taxāre to appraise, from tangere to touch]|
In addition to the idiom beginning with tax, also see death and taxes.
imposition of compulsory levies on individuals or entities by governments. Taxes are levied in almost every country of the world, primarily to raise revenue for government expenditures, although they serve other purposes as well.
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