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noun, plural lev·ies.
  1. an imposing or collecting, as of a tax, by authority or force.
  2. the amount owed or collected.
  3. the conscription of troops.
  4. the troops conscripted.
verb (used with object), lev·ied, lev·y·ing.
  1. to impose (a tax): to levy a duty on imports.
  2. to conscript (troops).
  3. to start or wage (war).
verb (used without object), lev·ied, lev·y·ing.
  1. to seize or attach property by judicial order.

Origin of levy

1375–1425; late Middle English leve(e) < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of lever to raise < Latin levāre, akin to levis light; cf. levee2
Related formsre·lev·y, verb (used with object), re·lev·ied, re·lev·y·ing.self-lev·ied, adjectiveun·lev·ied, adjective
Can be confusedlevee levy

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6. draft, enlist, callup.
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Related Words for levied

collect, exact, raise, extort, set, wrest, gather, tax, summon, charge, call, demand, place, wring

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verb levies, levying or levied (tr)
  1. to impose and collect (a tax, tariff, fine, etc)
  2. to conscript troops for service
  3. to seize or attach (property) in accordance with the judgment of a court
noun plural 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 Formslevier, noun

Word Origin for levy

C15: from Old French levée a raising, from lever, from Latin levāre to raise
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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.

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