- an imposing or collecting, as of a tax, by authority or force.
- the amount owed or collected.
- the conscription of troops.
- the troops conscripted.
- to impose (a tax): to levy a duty on imports.
- to conscript (troops).
- to start or wage (war).
- to seize or attach property by judicial order.
Origin of levy
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Examples from the Web for levies
He shall join the levies at Toulon in three days; in three days, mark me!Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Early the next morning, the Pioneers and levies started to cross the pass.
On arriving at the top of the pass, the Hunza levies skirmished ahead.
It seemed that the levies bolted, as soon as they were fired on.
He levies blackmail on almost every crime named in the code.The Root of Evil
- to impose and collect (a tax, tariff, fine, etc)
- to conscript troops for service
- to seize or attach (property) in accordance with the judgment of a court
- the act of imposing and collecting a tax, tariff, etc
- the money so raised
- the conscription of troops for service
- a person conscripted in this way
Word Origin and History for levies
"an act of levying," early 15c., from Anglo-French leve, Old French levée "a raising, lifting; levying," noun use of fem. past participle of lever "to raise" (see lever).
early 13c., "act of raising or collecting," from Anglo-French leve, from Old French levée "act of raising," noun use of fem. past participle of lever "to raise" (see lever). Originally of taxes, later of men for armies (c.1500). Related: Levied; levying.