[ tak-sing ]
/ ˈtæk sɪŋ /


wearingly burdensome: the day-to-day, taxing duties of a supervisor.

Origin of taxing

First recorded in 1790–1800; tax + -ing2

Related forms

tax·ing·ly, adverbun·tax·ing, adjective

Definition for taxing (2 of 2)


[ 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.

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

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Examples from the Web for taxing

British Dictionary definitions for taxing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtæksɪŋ) /


demanding, onerous, and wearing

Derived Forms

taxingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for taxing (2 of 2)


/ (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 Forms

taxer, nountaxless, adjective

Word Origin for tax

C13: from Old French taxer, from Latin taxāre to appraise, from tangere to touch
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Idioms and Phrases with taxing


In addition to the idiom beginning with tax

  • tax with

also see:

  • death and taxes
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