WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
tax /tæks/USA pronunciation n.  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] (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.
to make serious demands on (someone); burden;
strain:Putting the children through college taxes our financial resources.
tax•a•ble, adj. 
tax•a•tion, n. [uncountable]See -tact-.

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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