[ lev-ee ]
/ ˈlɛv i /
noun, plural lev·ies.
an imposing or collecting, as of a tax, by authority or force.
the amount owed or collected.
the conscription of troops.
the troops conscripted.
verb (used with object), lev·ied, lev·y·ing.
to impose (a tax): to levy a duty on imports.
to conscript (troops).
to start or wage (war).
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
OTHER WORDS FROM levyre·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 levylevee levy
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British Dictionary definitions for relevy
/ (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
- 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
Derived forms of levylevier, noun
Word Origin for levy
C15: from Old French levée a raising, from lever, from Latin levāre to raise
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