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levy

[ 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.

OTHER WORDS FOR levy

6 draft, enlist, callup.
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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 FROM levy

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH levy

levee, levy

Other definitions for levy (2 of 2)

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

noun
Uriah Phillips, 1792–1862, U.S. naval commander.
a male given name.
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How to use levy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for levy

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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