- 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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- Uriah Phillips,1792–1862, U.S. naval commander.
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for levy
The Arab leaders told Levy that they had been ordered out—and even threatened—by al-Husseini and must obey.The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land
February 9, 2014
The Bain investment is likely welcome news for retailers such as Levy.
Another major turning point, Levy said, was the popularity of National Geographic and Discovery programming.
In the wake of 26/11, Scott-Clark and Levy report, the ISI perpetuated the lie that the ten gunmen had been martyred in Kashmir.When India Failed in the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks
November 2, 2013
Hume noted that government debt is easy to levy while its costs are hidden.Austerity’s Scottish Ghosts Haunt the Modern Economic Mind
May 12, 2013
And now this levy for home defence had swept the farms clean.In the Valley
Their last attempt was to levy a duty upon the things that were re-embarked.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
Kindly and well-meant advice, but Levy would have none of it.
He pushed the dice aside and rose to release Levy from his bonds.
Levy hardly knew him for the shy, taciturn playfellow of his boyhood.
- 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 levy
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.
"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).