- 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.
- (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.
- to levy taxes.
Origin of tax
SynonymsSee more synonyms for tax on Thesaurus.com
- arrangement or order, as in one of the physical sciences.
- Biology. oriented movement of a motile organism in response to an external stimulus, as toward or away from light.
- Surgery. the replacing of a displaced part, or the reducing of a hernia or the like, by manipulation without cutting.
- Architecture. the adaptation to the purposes of a building of its various parts.
Origin of taxis1
- a plural of taxi.
Examples from the Web for taxes
There are limits to the painting of banditry and extortion as the legitimate raising of taxes.ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit
January 5, 2015
Scalise spoke about taxes and government slush funds for a mere 15 minutes, Knight said.GOP Boss Gets Help From ‘White Hate’ Pal
December 30, 2014
And so if two candidates are a wash on matters of civil rights, why not go for the guy who is going to cut your taxes?Return of the Northeastern Republican
November 4, 2014
They are only here to reap the rewards of the American safety net (such as it is) and thereby raise your taxes.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!
November 2, 2014
When she asked Poggiali about the drugs she appeared to be stealing, Poggiali is supposed to have answered, “I pay my taxes.”Nurse Nasty Suspected of Killing 38 People in Italy
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 15, 2014
The greater part of these taxes, however, do not belong to the King personally.
They served the King faithfully as officers in his army and as collectors of his taxes.
It takes a lifetime, Mr. Vavasor, to learn where to pay our taxes.Weighed and Wanting
Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, but wars raised to carry on taxes.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
To be a receiver of taxes one need not know either Greek or Latin.The Fortune of the Rougons
- 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
- the movement of a cell or organism in a particular direction in response to an external stimulus
- surgery the repositioning of a displaced organ or part by manual manipulation only
Word Origin and History for taxes
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.
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.
- The responsive movement of a free-moving organism or cell toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light.
- The moving of a body part by manipulation into normal position, as after a dislocation.
Idioms and Phrases with taxes
In addition to the idiom beginning with tax
- tax with
- death and taxes