- a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
- a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
- (of a government)
- to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
- 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.
- to lay a burden on; make serious demands on: to tax one's resources.
- to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse: to tax one with laziness.
- Informal. to charge: What did he tax you for that?
- Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
- to levy taxes.
Origin of tax
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Examples from the Web for taxed
Loosies are generally bought by cigarette addicts who have trouble affording a whole pack at the taxed rate.The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops
July 24, 2014
Money is money, but the proposition is not all that compelling once you are taxed on the income.London’s Oligarch Ghost Town
June 16, 2014
I am right there with them ideologically, I mean, ‘Taxed Enough Already.’Conservative Senator Kicks Tea Party to the Curb
May 31, 2014
So Hatch, Burr, and Coburn would have taxed benefits starting at about 65 percent of the average cost of a plan.When Conservatives Cry Wolf
February 10, 2014
This allowance worked for the state (Maria Theresa taxed their production).What to Drink When it’s Cold? The Glory of Austrian Schnaps
January 25, 2014
His eyes, round and full and steady, taxed her with falsehood, with hypocrisy.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
No Rooney, living or dead, was ever guilty or taxed with the like!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Among the Greeks, celibates were punished, and among the Romans they were taxed heavily.The Sexual Question
He had a paper to get out every day and that taxed his imagination to the limit.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
It was the delivery of those at the apartment that taxed her ingenuity.The Film of Fear
- 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
- a heavy demand on something; straina tax on our resources
- to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
- to make heavy demands on; strainto tax one's intellect
- to accuse, charge, or blamehe was taxed with the crime
- to determine (the amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a legal action), as by examining the solicitor's bill of coststo tax costs
- slang to steal
Word Origin and History for taxed
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.
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.