[ tar-if ]
/ ˈtær ɪf /


verb (used with object)

to subject to a tariff.
to put a valuation on according to a tariff.

Origin of tariff

1585–95; earlier tariffa < Italian < Arabic taʿrīfah, derivative of ʿarrafa to make known


tar·iff·less, adjectivepre·tar·iff, noun, adjectivepro·tar·iff, adjectivere·tar·iff, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for tariff

/ (ˈtærɪf) /


verb (tr)

to set a tariff on
to set a price on according to a schedule of tariffs

Derived forms of tariff

tariffless, adjective

Word Origin for tariff

C16: from Italian tariffa, from Arabic ta`rīfa to inform
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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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