noun, plural lev·ies.
verb (used with object), lev·ied, lev·y·ing.
verb (used without object), lev·ied, lev·y·ing.
- levulinic acid,
- levy en masse,
Origin of levy
Examples from the Web for levied
Despite very poor compliance, no fine has ever been levied for failure to comply with this law.Truth About Your Medicine: Ben Goldacre on How to Reform the Pharmaceutical Industry|Ben Goldacre|March 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The transgressions rose to such a level that nine- and 10-figure fines were levied.
They get that their contributions to their health-care premiums are taken out of their paychecks before taxes are levied.Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Sham Economic Plan|Michael Tomasky|September 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The settlement included a “damages” clause for monetary penalties to be levied if more investors with legitimate claims surfaced.Taylor Armstrong of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’: The Lawsuit|Maria Elena Fernandez|April 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The document contained a clause for massive penalties to be levied if any other investors with legitimate claims later surfaced.
The towns named their own magistrates of every kind, rated themselves, and levied their own taxes.American Institutions and Their Influence|Alexis de Tocqueville et al.
That taxation is very low indeed, and is levied under certain equitable laws.A. D. 2000|Alvarado M. Fuller
Tribute is levied, although not in all parts—about two thousand five hundred, counting the negrillos.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume VIII (of 55), 1591-1593|Emma Helen Blair
In each zone recruits are levied every alternate five years.The Siberian Overland Route from Peking to Petersburg,|Alexander Michie
But if he goes back to his house and takes food, and the incident is subsequently discovered, a penalty of a goat is levied.The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India|R. V. Russell
verb levies, levying or levied (tr)
noun plural levies
- 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 for levy
"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).
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.