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levy

lev·y

levy

 
pronunciation:
le vi
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
inflections: levies
definition 1: the collection or conscription of money, property, or troops by a government or other authority.
The government imposed new levies on imports.
synonyms:
call-up, condemnation, confiscation, conscription, excise, seizure, tax
similar words:
draft, eminent domain, exaction, imposition, muster, sequestration
definition 2: what is collected in this way.
The levy is being counted.
synonyms:
duty, tariff, tax
similar words:
muster, surcharge, toll
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: levied, levies, levying
definition: to carry out the levy of; collect.
The nobles levied harsh taxes.
synonyms:
collect, exact, muster
similar words:
confiscate, conscript, convene, convoke, draft, impound, mobilize, raise, seize, sequester, summon
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to confiscate property by authority.
synonyms:
take
derivation: levier (n.)
Homophone Note
The words levy and levee (an embankment) sound alike but have different meanings.
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