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Definition of TAX

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Tax \Tax\ (t[a^]ks), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Taxed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Taxing}.] [Cf. F. taxer. See {Tax}, n.]
     1. To subject to the payment of a tax or taxes; to impose a tax upon; to lay a burden upon; especially, to exact money from for the support of government. [1913 Webster]

              We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride, and folly than we are taxed by government.
                                                    --Franklin. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Law) To assess, fix, or determine judicially, the amount of; as, to tax the cost of an action in court. [1913 Webster]

     3. To charge; to accuse; also, to censure; -- often followed by with, rarely by of before an indirect object; as, to tax a man with pride. [1913 Webster]

              I tax you, you elements, with unkindness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Men's virtues I have commended as freely as I have taxed their crimes.                   --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              Fear not now that men should tax thine honor. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Tax \Tax\, n. [F. taxe, fr. taxer to tax, L. taxare to touch, sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr. tangere, tactum, to touch. See {Tangent}, and cf. {Task}, {Taste}.]
     1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government. [1913 Webster]

                  A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors, proverbially the most rapacious.  --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] (b) Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, a land tax; a window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like.

     Note: Taxes are {annual} or {perpetual}, {direct} or {indirect}, etc. [1913 Webster] (c) A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses. [1913 Webster]

     2. A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject. [1913 Webster]

     3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy tax on time or health. [1913 Webster]

     4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] --Clarendon.
        [1913 Webster]

     5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

     {Tax cart}, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate; assessment; exaction; custom; demand. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

196 Moby Thesaurus words for "tax":
     accuse, allege, arraign, article, ask, assess, assessment, bear hard upon, blackmail, boodle, book, bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, burden, burden with, burthen, busy, call, call for, cargo, cess, charge, charge for, cite, claim, complain, conscience money, contribution, cumber, customs, demand, demand for, denounce, denunciate, direct tax, draft, drain, drive, dues, duty, encumber, encumbrance, enjoin, exact, exaction, excise, exhaust, extortion, extortionate demand, fag, fasten on, fasten upon, finger, freight, freight with, giveaway, graduated taxation, hamper, handicap, hang something on, haul, heave, heavy demand, impeach, imply, impose, impose on, impose upon, imposition, impost, impute, indent, indict, indirect tax, inflict on, inflict upon, inform against, inform on, insinuate, insistent demand, joint return, keep busy, lade, lay, lay charges, lay on, levy, load, lodge a complaint, lodge a plaint, make dutiable, nonnegotiable demand, notice, onus, oppress, order, overburden, overcarrying, overdoing, overdrive, overemphasis, overexercise, overexert, overexertion, overexpenditure, overextend, overimportance, overload, overreaching, overreaction, overstrain, overtask, overtax, overtaxing, overuse, overweight, overwork, pin on, place, pork, prefer charges, press, press charges, press hard upon, pressure, pro rata, progressive tax, prorate, pull, put, put down, put on, put on report, put upon, rack, rates, report, reproach, require, requirement, requisition, rest hard upon, rush, rush order, saddle, saddle with, scot, separate returns, set, single tax, stick for, strain, strain every nerve, stress, stretch, subject to, supererogation, supertax, surtax, sweat, sweat blood, take to task, tariff, task, taunt with, tax base, tax dodging, tax evasion, tax exemption, tax return, tax structure, tax withholding, tax-exempt status, taxable income, taxation, taxing, tense, tithe, toll, tribute, try, tug, twit, ultimatum, warning, weigh, weigh down, weigh heavy on, weigh on, weigh upon, weight, weight down with, withholding tax, work, yoke with


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