WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
tax /tæks/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Governmenta sum of money paid to a government for its support, based on income, etc.: [uncountable]a burdensome income tax.[countable]to rebel against paying new taxes.

v. [+ object]
  1. Government(of a government)
    • to put or impose a tax on (a person or business):The government taxes its citizens according to their ability to pay.
    • to demand a tax on (goods, etc.):Income and savings would both be taxed.
  2. to make serious demands on (someone);
    strain:Putting the children through college taxes our financial resources.
tax•a•ble, adj. 
tax•a•tion, n. [uncountable]See -tact-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
tax  (taks),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
  2. a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.

  1. (of a government)
    • 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.
  2. to lay a burden on;
    make serious demands on:to tax one's resources.
  3. to take to task;
    accuse:to tax one with laziness.
  4. Informal Termsto charge:What did he tax you for that?
  5. [Archaic.]to estimate or determine the amount or value of.

  1. to levy taxes.
taxer, n. 
taxing•ly, adv. 
taxless, adj. 
taxless•ly, adv. 
taxless•ness, n. 
  • Medieval Latin taxāre to tax, appraise, Latin: to appraise, handle, frequentative of tangere to touch; (noun, nominal) Middle English, derivative of the verb, verbal
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English taxen 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged duty, impost, levy.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged strain, tire, stretch.

  • var. of  taxo- before a vowel:taxeme.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    tax /tæks/ n
    1. 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
    2. a heavy demand on something; strain: a tax on our resources
    vb (transitive)
    1. to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
    2. to make heavy demands on; strain
    3. to accuse, charge, or blame
    4. to determine (the amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a legal action), as by examining the solicitor's bill of costs: to tax costs
    5. slang to steal
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French taxer, from Latin taxāre to appraise, from tangere to touch

    ˈtaxer n

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    Collocations: tax the [people, population, town], [income, sales, corporation, inheritance] tax, a [low] tax [bracket, category, group], more...

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