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taxing

[tak-sing] /ˈtæk sɪŋ/
adjective
1.
wearingly burdensome:
the day-to-day, taxing duties of a supervisor.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; tax + -ing2
Related forms
taxingly, adverb
untaxing, adjective

tax

[taks] /tæks/
noun
1.
a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
2.
a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
verb (used with object)
3.
  1. to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
  2. to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods, sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved.
4.
to lay a burden on; make serious demands on:
to tax one's resources.
5.
to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse:
to tax one with laziness.
6.
Informal. to charge:
What did he tax you for that?
7.
Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
verb (used without object)
8.
to levy taxes.
Origin
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English taxen < Medieval Latin taxāre to tax, appraise, Latin: to appraise, handle, frequentative of tangere to touch; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related forms
taxer, noun
taxingly, adverb
taxless, adjective
taxlessly, adverb
taxlessness, noun
antitax, adjective
nontax, noun, adjective
nontaxer, noun
protax, adjective
retax, verb (used with object)
self-taxed, adjective
subtaxer, noun
undertaxed, adjective
untax, verb (used with object)
well-taxed, adjective
Can be confused
tacks, tax.
Synonyms
1. duty, impost, levy. 4. strain, tire, stretch.
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  • He went on to allow as how he enjoyed writing and didn't find it all that taxing.
  • Granted my years are never as taxing as that first year.
British Dictionary definitions for taxing

taxing

/ˈtæksɪŋ/
adjective
1.
demanding, onerous, and wearing
Derived Forms
taxingly, adverb

tax

/tæks/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
taxer, noun
taxless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French taxer, from Latin taxāre to appraise, from tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for taxing

tax

v.

c.1300, "impose a tax on," from Old French taxer "impose a tax" (13c.), from Latin taxare "evaluate, estimate, assess, handle," also "censure, charge," probably a frequentative form of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Sense of "burden, put a strain on" first recorded 1670s; that of "censure, reprove" is from 1560s. Its use in Luke ii for Greek apographein "to enter on a list, enroll" is due to Tyndale. Related: Taxed; taxing.

n.

early 14c., "obligatory contribution levied by a sovereign or government," from Anglo-French tax, Old French taxe, and directly from Medieval Latin taxa, from Latin taxare (see tax (v.)). Related: taxes. Tax shelter is attested from 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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taxing in the Bible

(Luke 2:2; R.V., "enrolment"), "when Cyrenius was governor of Syria," is simply a census of the people, or an enrolment of them with a view to their taxation. The decree for the enrolment was the occasion of Joseph and Mary's going up to Bethlehem. It has been argued by some that Cyrenius (q.v.) was governor of Cilicia and Syria both at the time of our Lord's birth and some years afterwards. This decree for the taxing referred to the whole Roman world, and not to Judea alone. (See CENSUS.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with taxing

tax

In addition to the idiom beginning with tax also see: death and taxes
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