[ lev-ee ]
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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.

  1. the conscription of troops.

  2. 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).

  1. 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

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English leve(e), from Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of lever “to raise,” from Latin levāre, akin to levis “light”; cf. levee2

Other words for levy

Other words from levy

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

Words that may be confused with levy

Other definitions for Levy (2 of 2)

[ lee-vee, lev-ee for 1; lee-vee, -vahy for 2 ]

  1. Uriah Phillips, 1792–1862, U.S. naval commander.

  2. a male given name.

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How to use levy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for levy


/ (ˈlɛvɪ) /

verblevies, levying or levied (tr)
  1. to impose and collect (a tax, tariff, fine, etc)

  2. to conscript troops for service

  1. to seize or attach (property) in accordance with the judgment of a court

nounplural levies
    • 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

Origin of levy

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

Derived forms of levy

  • levier, noun

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