WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
tax /tæks/USA pronunciation
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 make serious demands on (someone); burden;
- to demand a tax on (goods, etc.):Income and savings would both be taxed.
strain:Putting the children through college taxes our financial resources.
tax•a•tion, n. [uncountable]See -tact-.
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tax /tæks/ n
- 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; strain: a tax on our resources
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French taxer, from Latin taxāre to appraise, from tangere to touchˈtaxer n
- to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
- to make heavy demands on; strain
- to accuse, charge, or blame
- 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
- slang to steal
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