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a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.

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.

to lay a burden on; make serious demands on:
to tax one’s resources.
to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse:
to tax one with laziness.
Informal. to charge:
What did he tax you for that?
Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
to levy taxes.
Contemporary Examples

Not that the U.S. isn’t in trouble—the radicalism of the antitax Republicans jeopardized the United States’ solvency, he writes.
S&P: Debt Downgrade Analysis Was ‘Objective’ August 6, 2011

The antitax phobia that has taken hold of the GOP remains the biggest obstacle to reaching a deal.
Supercommittee, Super Stakes Eleanor Clift November 2, 2011

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
verb (transitive)
to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
to make heavy demands on; strain: to tax one’s intellect
to accuse, charge, or blame: he was taxed with the crime
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

c.1300, “impose a tax on,” from Old French taxer “impose a tax” (13c.), from Latin taxare “evaluate, estimate, assess, handle,” also “censure, charge,” probably a frequentative form of tangere “to touch” (see tangent). Sense of “burden, put a strain on” first recorded 1670s; that of “censure, reprove” is from 1560s. Its use in Luke ii for Greek apographein “to enter on a list, enroll” is due to Tyndale. Related: Taxed; taxing.

early 14c., “obligatory contribution levied by a sovereign or government,” from Anglo-French tax, Old French taxe, and directly from Medieval Latin taxa, from Latin taxare (see tax (v.)). Related: taxes. Tax shelter is attested from 1961.
In addition to the idiom beginning with tax also see: death and taxes


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