see also: Levy
  • (British, America) IPA: /ˈlɛ.vi/


  1. To impose (a tax or fine) to collect monies due, or to confiscate property.
    to levy a tax
  2. To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      If they do this […] my ransom, then, / Will soon be levied.
  3. To draft someone into military service.
  4. To raise; to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrollment, conscription. etc.
    • Augustine […] inflamed Ethelbert, king of Kent, to levy his power, and to war against them.
  5. To wage war.
  6. To raise, as a siege.
  7. (legal) To erect, build, or set up; to make or construct; to raise or cast up.
    to levy a mill, dike, ditch, a nuisance, etc.
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levy (plural levies)

  1. The act of levying.
    • A levy of all the men left under sixty.
  2. The tax, property or people so levied.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 12, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
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levy (plural levies)

  1. (US, obsolete, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia) The Spanish real of one eighth of a dollar, valued at elevenpence when the dollar was rated at seven shillings and sixpence.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. Surname
  3. A male given name

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