tax

[ taks ]
/ tæks /
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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.

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 confused

tacks tax

Definition for taxes (2 of 3)

taxis

1
[ 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

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

Definition for taxes (3 of 3)

taxis

2
[ tak-seez ]
/ ˈtæk siz /

noun

a plural of taxi.

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British Dictionary definitions for taxes (1 of 2)

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

taxer, nountaxless, adjective

Word Origin for tax

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

British Dictionary definitions for taxes (2 of 2)

taxis

/ (ˈtæksɪs) /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for taxes

taxis

[ 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

tax

In addition to the idiom beginning with tax

  • tax with

also see:

  • death and taxes

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