u. levy


[lee-vee, lev-ee for 1; lee-vee, -vahy for 2]
Uriah Phillips, 1792–1862, U.S. naval commander.
a male given name.
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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]

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Word Origin & History

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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