- 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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Examples from the Web for levying
Levying sales taxes on Internet commerce would allow many states to tap into a new vein of funds.Three Cheers for the Internet Tax!
April 24, 2013
The NCAA came down on Penn State for its ‘conspiracy of silence,’ levying a $60 million fine.NCAA Sanctions: Let’s Forget About Football Now
July 23, 2012
Moreover, the debate about levying new sanctions on Iran is likely to produce even greater tension.Russia's New Push for Power
Judith Miller, Doug Schoen
April 19, 2010
Drinking the sweat and blood of the poor, and levying double your wages.The Sleeping Bard
But there was bedding and napery, and no one thought of levying on friends.A Little Girl in Old Salem
Amanda Minnie Douglas
The levying contributions from a country by military occupation and force.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Funds for the sacred work were raised by levying a tax on public lotteries.The Story of Paris
This is proposed to be done by levying a duty upon the foreign importation.
- 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 levying
"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.