levy

[ lev-ee ]
/ ˈlɛv i /

noun, plural lev·ies.

verb (used with object), lev·ied, lev·y·ing.

verb (used without object), lev·ied, lev·y·ing.

to seize or attach property by judicial order.

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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

SYNONYMS FOR levy

6 draft, enlist, callup.

OTHER WORDS FROM levy

re·lev·y, verb (used with object), re·lev·ied, re·lev·y·ing.self-lev·ied, adjectiveun·lev·ied, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH levy

levee levy
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British Dictionary definitions for levies

levy
/ (ˈlɛvɪ) /

verb levies, levying or levied (tr)

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 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 forms of levy

levier, noun

Word Origin for levy

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