[ 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)

verb (used without object)

to levy taxes.

Nearby words

  1. tawny owl,
  2. tawny pipit,
  3. tawpie,
  4. taws,
  5. tawse,
  6. tax avoidance,
  7. tax break,
  8. tax certificate,
  9. tax credit,
  10. tax deduction

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 forms
Can be confusedtacks tax


[ tak-sis ]
/ ˈtæk sɪs /

noun, plural tax·es [tak-seez] /ˈtæk siz/.

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 taxis

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


[ tak-seez ]
/ ˈtæk siz /


a plural of taxi. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for taxes


/ (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

verb (tr)

Derived Formstaxer, nountaxless, adjective

Word Origin for tax

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


/ (ˈtæksɪs) /


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 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
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Medicine definitions for taxes


[ tăksĭs ]

n. pl. tax•es (tăksēz)

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with taxes


In addition to the idiom beginning with tax

  • tax with

also see:

  • death and taxes
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