Tax

Definition of Tax

Pronunciation: tăks
n.1.A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority.
2.A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government.
A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors, proverbially the most rapacious.
- Macaulay.
2.A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject.
3.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.
3.A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy tax on time or health.
4.A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses.
4.Charge; censure.
5.A lesson to be learned; a task.
Tax cart
a spring cart subject to a low tax.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Taxed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Taxing.]
We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride, and folly than we are taxed by government.
- Franklin.
2.(Law) To assess, fix, or determine judicially, the amount of; as, to tax the cost of an action in court.
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.
I tax you, you elements, with unkindness.
- Shak.
Men's virtues I have commended as freely as I have taxed their crimes.
- Dryden.
Fear not now that men should tax thine honor.
- M. Arnold.

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