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[lee-vee, lev-ee for 1; lee-vee, -vahy for 2] /ˈli vi, ˈlɛv i for 1; ˈli vi, -vaɪ for 2/
Uriah Phillips, 1792–1862, U.S. naval commander.
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He found uriah levy grown frail and listless, the fires of his youth beginning to burn low as he neared his seventieth year.

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  • uriah levy stood upon the sea shore, no longer a dreaming boy, but a stalwart youth of twenty.

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  • "Why, uriah levy," exclaimed a deep voice as a stout sailor came toward him.

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  • Less than a week later, uriah levy succeeded in convincing several wealthy friends of the sanity of his plan.

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British Dictionary definitions for uriah levy


verb (transitive) levies, levying, levied
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
noun (pl) levies
  1. the act of imposing and collecting a tax, tariff, etc
  2. the money so raised
  1. the conscription of troops for service
  2. a person conscripted in this way
Derived Forms
levier, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French levée a raising, from lever, from Latin levāre to raise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uriah 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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uriah levy in the Bible

(1 Kings 4:6, R.V.; 5:13), forced service. The service of tributaries was often thus exacted by kings. Solomon raised a "great levy" of 30,000 men, about two per cent. of the population, to work for him by courses on Lebanon. Adoram (12:18) presided over this forced labour service (Ger. Frohndienst; Fr. corvee).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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