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Meaning of LEVY

Pronunciation:  'levee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of drafting into military service
  2. [n]  a charge imposed and collected
  3. [v]  cause to assemble or enlist; "raise an army"
  4. [v]  impose and collect; "levy a fine"

LEVY is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: impose, levy en masse, raise, recruit
 See Also: bill, charge, charge, conscription, distrain, draft, draft, enlist, fine, lay, mulct, muster, muster in, reimpose, revenue enhancement, selective service, tax, tax, taxation, tithe, tithe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lev"y\ (-[y^]), n.; pl. {Levies} (-[i^]z). [A contr. of
    elevenpence or elevenpenny bit.]
    A name formerly given in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia
    to the Spanish real of one eighth of a dollar (or 121/2
    cents), valued at eleven pence when the dollar was rated at
    7s. 6d.
  2. \Lev"y\, n. [F. lev['e]e, fr. lever to raise. See {Lever},
    and cf. {Levee}.]
    1. The act of levying or collecting by authority; as, the
       levy of troops, taxes, etc.
             A levy of all the men left under sixty. --Thirlwall.
    2. That which is levied, as an army, force, tribute, etc. ``
       The Irish levies.'' --Macaulay.
    3. (Law) The taking or seizure of property on executions to
       satisfy judgments, or on warrants for the collection of
       taxes; a collecting by execution.
    {Levy in mass} [F. lev['e]e en masse], a requisition of all
       able-bodied men for military service.
  3. \Lev"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Levied} (l[e^]v"[i^]d); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Levying}.]
    1. To raise, as a siege. [Obs.] --Holland.
    2. 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. --Fuller.
    3. To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority;
       as, to levy taxes, toll, tribute, or contributions.
             If they do this . . . my ransom, then, Will soon be
             levied.                               --Shak.
    4. (Law)
       (a) To gather or exact; as, to levy money.
       (b) 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. [Obs.] --Cowell. --Blackstone.
       (c) To take or seize on execution; to collect by
    {To levy a fine}, to commence and carry on a suit for
       assuring the title to lands or tenements. --Blackstone.
    {To levy war}, to make or begin war; to take arms for attack;
       to attack.
  4. \Lev"y\, v. i.
    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.
    {To levy on goods and chattels}, to take into custody or
       seize specific property in satisfaction of a writ.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1 Kings 4:6, R.V.; 5:13), forced service. The service of tributaries was often thus exacted by kings. Solomon raised a "great levy" of 30,000 men, about two per cent. of the population, to work for him by courses on Lebanon. Adoram (12:18) presided over this forced labour service (Ger. Frohndienst; Fr. corvee).

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