[ taks ]
/ tæks /
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)
(of a government)
- to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
- to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods, sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved.
to lay a burden on; make serious demands on: to tax one's resources.
to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse: to tax one with laziness.
Informal. to charge: What did he tax you for that?
Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
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
taxer, nountax·ing·ly, adverbtaxless, adjectivetax·less·ly, adverb
tax·less·ness, nounan·ti·tax, adjectivenon·tax, noun, adjectivenon·tax·er, nounpro·tax, adjectivere·tax, verb (used with object)self-taxed, adjectivesub·tax·er, nounun·der·taxed, adjectiveun·tax, verb (used with object)well-taxed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH taxtacks, tax
Definition for tax (2 of 2)
variant of taxo- before a vowel: taxeme.
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British Dictionary definitions for tax
/ (tæks) /
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
to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
to make heavy demands on; strainto tax one's intellect
to accuse, charge, or blamehe was taxed with the crime
to determine (the amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a legal action), as by examining the solicitor's bill of coststo tax costs
slang to steal
Derived forms of taxtaxer, 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
In addition to the idiom beginning with tax
- tax with
- death and taxes
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