Levy

Definition of Levy

Lev´y   Pronunciation: lĕv´ĭd
n.1.A name formerly given in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to the Spanish real of one eighth of a dollar (or 12½ cents), valued at eleven pence when the dollar was rated at 7s. 6d.
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.
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
a requisition of all able-bodied men for military service.
v. t.1.To raise, as a siege.
[imp. & p. p. Levied (lĕv"ĭd); p. pr. & vb. n. Levying.]
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) To gather or exact; as, to levy money.
To levy a fine
to commence and carry on a suit for assuring the title to lands or tenements.
To levy war
to make or begin war; to take arms for attack; to attack.
- Blackstone.
v. i.1.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.

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