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taxing

[tak-sing] /ˈtæk sɪŋ/
adjective
1.
wearingly burdensome:
the day-to-day, taxing duties of a supervisor.
Origin of taxing
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; tax + -ing2
Related forms
taxingly, adverb
untaxing, adjective

tax

[taks] /tæks/
noun
1.
a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
2.
a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
verb (used with object)
3.
  1. to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
  2. 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.
4.
to lay a burden on; make serious demands on:
to tax one's resources.
5.
to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse:
to tax one with laziness.
6.
Informal. to charge:
What did he tax you for that?
7.
Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
verb (used without object)
8.
to levy taxes.
Origin
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English taxen < Medieval Latin taxāre to tax, appraise, Latin: to appraise, handle, frequentative of tangere to touch; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related forms
taxer, noun
taxingly, adverb
taxless, adjective
taxlessly, adverb
taxlessness, noun
antitax, adjective
nontax, noun, adjective
nontaxer, noun
protax, adjective
retax, verb (used with object)
self-taxed, adjective
subtaxer, noun
undertaxed, adjective
untax, verb (used with object)
well-taxed, adjective
Can be confused
tacks, tax.
Synonyms
1. duty, impost, levy. 4. strain, tire, stretch.
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  • Lived during the reign of William Pitt, and believed in taxing tea.

  • Prosper looked about him, taxing his recollection fruitlessly.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • But he shook off his fear, taxing himself with being childish, when he wished to be strong.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • He told her what had been so suddenly revealed to him, taxing her with it.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • It was this problem that was taxing all my ingenuity, and which, as yet, I had not quite solved.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
British Dictionary definitions for taxing

taxing

/ˈtæksɪŋ/
adjective
1.
demanding, onerous, and wearing
Derived Forms
taxingly, adverb

tax

/tæks/
noun
1.
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
2.
a heavy demand on something; strain: a tax on our resources
verb (transitive)
3.
to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
4.
to make heavy demands on; strain: to tax one's intellect
5.
to accuse, charge, or blame: he was taxed with the crime
6.
to determine (the amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a legal action), as by examining the solicitor's bill of costs: to tax costs
7.
(slang) to steal
Derived Forms
taxer, noun
taxless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French taxer, from Latin taxāre to appraise, from tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for taxing

tax

n.

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.

tax

v.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with taxing

tax

In addition to the idiom beginning with tax also see: death and taxes
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