noun, plural lev·ies.
- an imposing or collecting, as of a tax, by authority or force.
- the amount owed or collected.
- the conscription of troops.
- the troops conscripted.
verb (used with object), lev·ied, lev·y·ing.
- to impose (a tax): to levy a duty on imports.
- to conscript (troops).
- to start or wage (war).
verb (used without object), lev·ied, lev·y·ing.
- to seize or attach property by judicial order.
verb levies, levying or levied (tr)
- to impose and collect (a tax, tariff, fine, etc)
- to conscript troops for service
- to seize or attach (property) in accordance with the judgment of a court
noun plural levies
- the act of imposing and collecting a tax, tariff, etc
- the money so raised
- the conscription of troops for service
- a person conscripted in this way
“an act of levying,” early 15c., from Anglo-French leve, Old French levée “a raising, lifting; levying,” noun use of fem. past participle of lever “to raise” (see lever).
early 13c., “act of raising or collecting,” from Anglo-French leve, from Old French levée “act of raising,” noun use of fem. past participle of lever “to raise” (see lever). Originally of taxes, later of men for armies (c.1500). Related: Levied; levying.