- 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.
Origin of levy
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Related Wordscollect, exact, raise, extort, set, wrest, gather, tax, summon, charge, call, demand, place, wring
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
March 4, 2013
The transgressions rose to such a level that nine- and 10-figure fines were levied.Why Do Banks Get Away With Murder?
February 7, 2013
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
September 25, 2012
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
The document contained a clause for massive penalties to be levied if any other investors with legitimate claims later surfaced.The Real Grifter of Beverly Hills
September 15, 2011
The Parliament levied a stamp tax, but could not enforce it.
But we are at the moment concerned with the matter of the levied tax.The Life of Cesare Borgia
They urged that internal taxation had never been levied before.The Siege of Boston
Assessments were levied and in five years $2,200 had been thus applied.
The assessment was levied according to the means of the villagers.The Soul of a People
- 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
Word Origin and History for levied
"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.