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.
- re·lev·y, verb (used with object), re·lev·ied, re·lev·y·ing.
- levee, levy
Other definitions for Levy (2 of 2)
Uriah Phillips, 1792–1862, U.S. naval commander.
a male given name.
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How to use levy in a sentence
He raised the device in front of his face, eyeing it suspiciously from behind his Eugene levy eyebrows.
French philosopher Bernard Henri levy has been a staunch defender of the right to offend and blaspheme--when it comes to Islam.
In the mixed city of Haifa, for example, the Jewish mayor Shabtai levy met with Arab leaders just before the war broke out.The Triumph and Tragedy of Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land | Sol Stern | February 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Sol Stern | February 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Bain investment is likely welcome news for retailers such as levy.
If this stinking quartet takes it into its head to levy annual blackmail, where is the money coming from?Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Whatever property on which a levy could have been made by judicial process against the bankrupt passes to the trustee.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
But the levy could not be collected till Michaelmas, and meantime the King appealed for an advance.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
Maybe if we did go with Thorgils we should meet many more men on the way to the levy also.A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
King Harald sent round the whole of Norway calling out a levy, one half of the general war-muster.The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade) | Snorri Sturluson
British Dictionary definitions for levy
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
- levier, noun
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