tax

[ taks ]
/ tæks /

noun

a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to levy taxes.

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Origin of tax

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English taxen<Medieval Latin taxāre to tax, appraise, Latin: to appraise, handle, frequentative of tangere to touch; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

OTHER WORDS FROM tax

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tax

tacks, tax

Definition for tax (2 of 2)

tax-

variant of taxo- before a vowel: taxeme.
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British Dictionary definitions for tax

tax
/ (tæks) /

noun

a compulsory financial contribution imposed by a government to raise revenue, levied on the income or property of persons or organizations, on the production costs or sales prices of goods and services, etc
a heavy demand on something; straina tax on our resources

verb (tr)

Derived forms of tax

taxer, nountaxless, adjective

Word Origin for tax

C13: from Old French taxer, from Latin taxāre to appraise, from tangere to touch
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Idioms and Phrases with tax

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