Definitions of levy

  1. impose and collect; " levy a fine"
  2. the act of drafting into military service
  3. a charge imposed and collected
  4. cause to assemble or enlist; " raise an army"
  5. cause to assemble or enlist in the military; " raise an army"; " recruit new soldiers"
  6. The act of levying or collecting by authority; as, the levy of troops, taxes, etc.
  7. That which is levied, as an army, force, tribute, etc.
  8. The taking or seizure of property on executions to satisfy judgments, or on warrants for the collection of taxes; a collecting by execution.
  9. To raise, as a siege.
  10. To raise; to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrollment, conscription, etc.
  11. To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority; as, to levy taxes, toll, tribute, or contributions.
  12. To gather or exact; as, to levy money.
  13. To erect, build, or set up; to make or construct; to raise or cast up; as, to levy a mill, dike, ditch, a nuisance, etc.
  14. To take or seize on execution; to collect by execution.
  15. To seize property, real or personal, or subject it to the operation of an execution; to make a levy; as, to levy on property; the usual mode of levying, in England, is by seizing the goods.
  16. A name formerly given in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to the Spanish real of one eighth of a dollar ( or 12 cents), valued at eleven pence when the dollar was rated at 7s. 6d.
  17. To raise or collect by compulsion, as an army or a tax.
  18. To make a forced seizure in order to collect money; as, to levy on household goods for unpaid rent.
  19. The act of collecting or raising by compulsion, as money or men; the amount or number raised.
  20. Levied.
  21. Levying.
  22. To raise: to collect by authority, as an army or a tax:- pr. p. levying; pa. t. and pa. p. levied.
  23. The act of collecting by authority: the troops so collected.
  24. Act of raising money or troops by authority.
  25. To collect by authority.
  26. To exact by compulsion; make a levy.
  27. The act of levying or collecting compulsorily.
  28. That which is levied, as money or troops.
  29. The act of laying for that which is levied, whether in men or taxes. Levy in mass, a requisition for service of all liable to bear arms.
  30. To raise; to collect, as an army or a tax. To levy war, to raise or begin war; to attack. To levy a fine, to commence and carry on a suit for assuring the title to lands or tenements.
  31. To raise; to collect, said of troops or taxes.
  32. The act of collecting men for some service; the men thus collected; the act of raising money by assessment.

Usage examples for levy

  1. Less meat to be had; nothing decided about the new levy of money, except that the people will not or cannot pay. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  2. Levy said: " Right now." – Love Conquers All by Robert C. Benchley
  3. Then, as Jake stoutly refused to tell where it came from, Joe rushed into the kitchen, exclaiming,- " Mammy, Jake's stole a levy!" – The Story Of Kennett by Bayard Taylor
  4. He might declare war, levy troops, appoint to all offices, or remove from them, at pleasure. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru-with-a-preliminary-view-of-the-civilization-of-the-Incas by Prescott, William Hickling
  5. When any of the associates is in danger, and calls for the assistance of his fellows, they promise, besides flying to his succour, to give information to the sheriff; and if he be negligent in protecting the person exposed to danger, they engage to levy a fine of one pound upon him: if the president of the society himself be wanting in this particular, he binds himself to pay one pound; unless he has the reasonable excuse of sickness, or of duty to his superior. – The History of England, Volume I by David Hume
  6. They proved to be the balance of power, and a new director was elected, and a vote was carried for nine months school and for a levy large enough to pay a good teacher. – Tales and Trails of Wakarusa by Alexander Miller Harvey
  7. A community organized to comply with the foregoing requirements- divided into wards, having a council made up of aldermen from those wards, having a council authorized to levy taxes at its discretion, having a municipal court, having regularly employed police acting under the direction of the mayor- is a city, as the term is generally used in the United States. – Studies in Civics by James T. McCleary
  8. It's Levy Moss' reminder about that bill! – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
  9. Willow- palm was golden in the hedges when the King of England's men filled Normandy, and Gilles de Gurdun, having been healed of his wounds, rode towards Rouen at the head of his levy. – The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay by Maurice Hewlett
  10. Congress is only authorized to levy taxes " to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States". – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  11. He was a prominent member of the House of Burgesses in 1768, when Virginia blood and Virginia patriotism were roused and passed the memorable resolutions asserting their exclusive right to levy their own taxes- accused ministers and Parliament of violating the British Constitution and denied the right of the crown to transport and try persons in England for crimes committed in America. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  12. That The Present Public Resolutions, Expressed In The Commission’ s Answer To The Parliament’ s Query, And The Act Of The Levy, Do Not Exclude That Party. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  13. While the enemy was taking up his dead and hastily burying them as he could, and those who obtained permission were secretly planning their retreat, word was brought to Demosthenes and the Acarnanians that the Ambraciots from the city, in compliance with the first message from Olpae, were on the march with their whole levy through Amphilochia to join their countrymen at Olpae, knowing nothing of what had occurred. – The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  14. Mr. Levy exclaimed angrily. – The New Tenant by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  15. In most cases the official had nothing left to him but to confirm the sentence and to levy the customary fred. – Mutual Aid A Factor of Evolution by kniaz' Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin
  16. But they soon made it appear that the end proposed was only to ascertain who were the subjects from whom they could levy the most enormous extortions. – First Footsteps in East Africa or, an Exploration of Harar by Richard F. Burton
  17. He humbly sought their permission to levy a few taxes. – The Congo and Coasts of Africa by Richard Harding Davis
  18. Congress had been willing to levy almost any rates that anybody desired. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley
  19. The ruler’ s station and calling is to choose instruments, and levy forces for the defence thereof. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  20. Mr. Levy had taken out the four bills from the same case, and had placed them on the table before him. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope