[ tar-if ]
/ ˈtær ɪf /


verb (used with object)

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

Nearby words

  1. target response,
  2. target rifle,
  3. targeteer,
  4. targetitis,
  5. targum,
  6. tariff office,
  7. tarija,
  8. tarim,
  9. tarim basin,
  10. tariqah

Origin of tariff

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

Related formstar·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 Formstariffless, adjective

Word Origin for tariff

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

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Word Origin and History for tariff



1590s, "arithmetical table," from Italian tariffa, Medieval Latin tarifa "list of prices, book of rates," from Arabic ta'rif "information, notification, inventory of fees to be paid," verbal noun from arafa "to make known." Meaning "official list of customs duties on imports or exports" is from 1590s; sense of "classified list of charges made in a business" is recorded from 1757.

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Culture 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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