Definition: Levy

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From Anglo-Norman leve, from Old French levee, from lever (to raise).


levy (third-person singular simple present levies, present participle levying, simple past and past participle levied)

  1. To impose (a tax or fine) to collect monies due, or to confiscate property.
    A tax was levied on the middle class.
  2. To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority.
  3. To draft someone into military service.
  4. To raise; to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrollment, conscription. etc.
  5. To wage war.
  6. To raise, as a siege.
  7. (law) To erect, build, or set up; to make or construct; to raise or cast up.


levy (plural levies)

  1. The act of levying.
  2. The tax, property or people so levied.


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