an official list or table showing the duties or customs imposed by a government on imports or exports.
the schedule or system of duties so imposed.
any duty or rate of duty in such a list or schedule.
any table of charges, as of a railroad, bus line, etc.
bill; cost; charge.
to subject to a tariff.
to put a valuation on according to a tariff.
- tar·iff·less, adjective
- pre·tar·iff, noun, adjective
- pro·tar·iff, adjective
- re·tar·iff, verb (used with object)
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How to use tariff in a sentence
The two sides will trade under World Trade Organization rules, which sets the tariffs and quotas between countries that don’t have free trade agreements in place with each other.The EU and the UK still haven’t reached a post-Brexit agreement. What’s next? | Jen Kirby | October 16, 2020 | Vox
Both parties see tariffs as a way to put pressure on China, and that pressure is increasing as the US scrutinizes China’s repression of its Uighur minority.No matter who wins the election, US fashion manufacturing won’t be returning to China | Marc Bain | October 16, 2020 | Quartz
China isn’t the only country to offer EV subsidies, but it also spurred the domestic manufacturers by ensuring imported vehicles were for a long time not eligible for subsidies, and subject to import tariffs.The electric car market is buzzing with Europe and China taking the lead | Bernhard Warner | October 13, 2020 | Fortune
Although China had been pledging some of those commitments for years, Mahoney argued that the deal wouldn’t have happened without applying tariffs.Robert Lighthizer Blew Up 60 Years of Trade Policy. Nobody Knows What Happens Next. | by Lydia DePillis | October 13, 2020 | ProPublica
Consequently, LPL Financial’s Buchbinder calculates that the removal of trade tariffs with China would add billions to the earnings of S&P 500 companies.
Some of them, like an across-the-board tariff on Chinese goods, might actually work.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable | Gordon G. Chang | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The U.K. has adopted a healthy feed-in tariff that guarantees solar system owners an attractive price for the energy they produce.
Everybody knows how the tariff and Labour questions were settled.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They impose non-tariff barriers against exports and buy foreign companies while denying foreign ownership in their own economies.
The tariff of 1828, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which led to the civil war in “Bloody Kansas” and ultimately to the Civil War itself.What’s Really Obstructing Obamacare? GOP Resisters | Michael Tomasky | November 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But they have tied their credit system in the bonds of narrow banking laws and their trade in those of a cramping tariff.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
Fortunately the results would not be immediately apparent, otherwise he would be compelled to raise his tariff for cheap suits.
Let us look at their two main measures—the new tariff and the new corn-law.
There is a perfect identity of principle, both working to the same good end, between the existing corn-law and the new tariff.
One may now search hours for one, and, if found, have to pay four or five times the old tariff.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for tariff
a tax levied by a government on imports or occasionally exports for purposes of protection, support of the balance of payments, or the raising of revenue
a system or list of such taxes
any schedule of prices, fees, fares, etc
a method of charging for the supply of services, esp public services, such as gas and electricity: block tariff
a schedule of such charges
mainly British a bill of fare with prices listed; menu
British the level of punishment imposed for a criminal offence
to set a tariff on
to set a price on according to a schedule of tariffs
- tariffless, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for tariff
A government tax on imports, designed either to raise revenue or to protect domestic industry from foreign competition.
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