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Meaning of tax by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman taxer ( “to impose a tax” ), from Latin taxāre, present active infinitive of taxō ( “I handle”, “I censure”, “I appraise”, “I compute” ) .


    • enPR: tăks, IPA: /tæks/, X-SAMPA: /t{ks/
    • Homophone: tacks
    • Rhymes: -æks


    tax ( countable and uncountable; plural: taxes )

    1. Money paid to the government other than for transaction-specific goods and services .
    2. A burdensome demand .



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Explanation of tax by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make a charge against or accuse

    2. They taxed him failure to appear in court
    3. use to the limit

    4. you are taxing my patience
    5. levy a tax on

    6. The State taxes alcohol heavily
      Clothing is not taxed in our state
    7. set or determine the amount of ( a payment such as a fine )

    1. charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government

    Definition of tax by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Tax n. [F. taxe, fr. taxer to tax, L. taxare to touch, sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr. tangere, tactum, to touch. See Tangent, and cf. Task, Taste.]
      1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority. Specifically: --

      A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government.

      A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors, proverbially the most rapacious. Macaulay.

      Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, “a land tax; a window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like”. Taxes are annual or perpetual, direct or indirect, etc.

      A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses.

      2. A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject.

      3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, “a heavy tax on time or health”.

      4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] Clarendon.

      5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] Johnson.

      Tax cart, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.]

      Syn. -- Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate; assessment; exaction; custom; demand.

    2. Tax ( tăks ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Taxed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Taxing.] [Cf. F. taxer. See Tax, n.]
      1. To subject to the payment of a tax or taxes; to impose a tax upon; to lay a burden upon; especially, to exact money from for the support of government.

      We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride, and folly than we are taxed by government. Franklin.

      2. ( Law ) To assess, fix, or determine judicially, the amount of; as, “to tax the cost of an action in court”.

      3. To charge; to accuse; also, to censure; -- often followed by with, rarely by of before an indirect object; as, “to tax a man with pride”.

      I tax you, you elements, with unkindness. Shak.

      Men's virtues I have commended as freely as I have taxed their crimes. Dryden.

      Fear not now that men should tax thine honor. M. Arnold.