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noun
  1. a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
  2. a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
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verb (used with object)
  1. (of a government)
    1. to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
    2. 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.
  2. to lay a burden on; make serious demands on: to tax one's resources.
  3. to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse: to tax one with laziness.
  4. Informal. to charge: What did he tax you for that?
  5. Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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.
Related formstax·er, nountax·ing·ly, adverbtax·less, adjectivetax·less·ly, adverbtax·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
Can be confusedtacks tax

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taxis

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[tak-sis]
noun, plural tax·es [tak-seez] /ˈtæk siz/.
  1. arrangement or order, as in one of the physical sciences.
  2. Biology. oriented movement of a motile organism in response to an external stimulus, as toward or away from light.
  3. Surgery. the replacing of a displaced part, or the reducing of a hernia or the like, by manipulation without cutting.
  4. Architecture. the adaptation to the purposes of a building of its various parts.
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Origin of taxis

1
1720–30; < New Latin < Greek táxis, equivalent to tak- (base of tássein to arrange, put in order) + -sis -sis

taxis

2
[tak-seez]
noun
  1. a plural of taxi.
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Related Words for taxes

duty, levy, fine, price, rate, cost, contribution, expense, tariff, charge, assess, impose, enact, exhaust, weaken, overtax, excise, obligation, salvage, bite

Examples from the Web for taxes

Contemporary Examples of taxes

Historical Examples of taxes

  • The greater part of these taxes, however, do not belong to the King personally.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • They served the King faithfully as officers in his army and as collectors of his taxes.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • It takes a lifetime, Mr. Vavasor, to learn where to pay our taxes.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, but wars raised to carry on taxes.

  • To be a receiver of taxes one need not know either Greek or Latin.


British Dictionary definitions for taxes

tax

noun
  1. 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
  2. a heavy demand on something; straina tax on our resources
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verb (tr)
  1. to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
  2. to make heavy demands on; strainto tax one's intellect
  3. to accuse, charge, or blamehe was taxed with the crime
  4. 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
  5. slang to steal
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Derived Formstaxer, nountaxless, adjective

Word Origin for tax

C13: from Old French taxer, from Latin taxāre to appraise, from tangere to touch

taxis

noun
  1. the movement of a cell or organism in a particular direction in response to an external stimulus
  2. surgery the repositioning of a displaced organ or part by manual manipulation only
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Word Origin for taxis

C18: via New Latin from Greek: arrangement, from tassein to place in order
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Word Origin and History for taxes

tax

n.

early 14c., "obligatory contribution levied by a sovereign or government," from Anglo-French tax, Old French taxe, and directly from Medieval Latin taxa, from Latin taxare (see tax (v.)). Related: taxes. Tax shelter is attested from 1961.

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tax

v.

c.1300, "impose a tax on," from Old French taxer "impose a tax" (13c.), from Latin taxare "evaluate, estimate, assess, handle," also "censure, charge," probably a frequentative form of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Sense of "burden, put a strain on" first recorded 1670s; that of "censure, reprove" is from 1560s. Its use in Luke ii for Greek apographein "to enter on a list, enroll" is due to Tyndale. Related: Taxed; taxing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

taxes in Medicine

taxis

(tăksĭs)
n. pl. tax•es (tăksēz)
  1. The responsive movement of a free-moving organism or cell toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light.
  2. The moving of a body part by manipulation into normal position, as after a dislocation.
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Idioms and Phrases with taxes

tax

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  • tax with

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  • death and taxes
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