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1. a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
2. a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
1. (of a government)
a. to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
b. 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.
2. to lay a burden on; make serious demands on: to tax one's resources.
3. to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse: to tax one with laziness.
4. Informal.to charge: What did he tax you for that?
5. Archaic.to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
to levy taxes.
var. of taxo- before a vowel: taxeme.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.