verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- tawny owl,
- tawny pipit,
- tax avoidance,
- tax break,
- tax certificate,
- tax credit,
- tax deduction
Origin of tax
noun, plural tax·es [tak-seez] /ˈtæk siz/.
Origin of taxis1
Examples from the Web for taxes
There are limits to the painting of banditry and extortion as the legitimate raising of taxes.
Scalise spoke about taxes and government slush funds for a mere 15 minutes, Knight said.
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?
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!|Gene Robinson|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
They enjoy their own lands without paying scot or lot or any Taxes to the King.
And meanwhile the people are dying of hunger, crushed down by taxes.Virgin Soil|Ivan S. Turgenev
The economists said that the causes of discontent were the Corn Laws and the other taxes on food.The Earl of Beaconsfield|James Anthony Froude
The towns named their own magistrates of every kind, rated themselves, and levied their own taxes.American Institutions and Their Influence|Alexis de Tocqueville et al.
The burden is doubly grievous; for it taxes your property, your labour, and gives strength to the elements of disease amongst you.The Sanitary Evolution of London|Henry Lorenzo Jephson
Word Origin for tax
Word Origin for taxis
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.
n. pl. tax•es (tăk′sēz)
In addition to the idiom beginning with tax
- tax with
- death and taxes