[ lev-ee ]
/ ˈlɛv i /
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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
re·lev·y, verb (used with object), re·lev·ied, re·lev·y·ing.self-levied, adjectiveun·lev·ied, adjective
levee, levy

Definition for levy (2 of 2)

[ lee-vee, lev-ee for 1; lee-vee, -vahy for 2 ]
/ ˈli vi, ˈlɛv i for 1; ˈli vi, -vaɪ for 2 /


Uriah Phillips, 1792–1862, U.S. naval commander.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for 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
levier, noun
C15: from Old French levée a raising, from lever, from Latin levāre to raise
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