from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The act of levying or collecting by authority
  • n. That which is levied, as an army, force, tribute, etc.
  • n. The taking or seizure of property on executions to satisfy judgments, or on warrants for the collection of taxes; a collecting by execution.
  • intransitive v. To seize property, real or personal, or subject it to the operation of an execution; to make a levy
  • transitive v. To raise, as a siege.
  • transitive v. To raise; to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrollment, conscription, etc.
  • transitive v. To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority.
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To gather or exact.
  • transitive v. To erect, build, or set up; to make or construct; to raise or cast up
  • transitive v. To take or seize on execution; to collect by execution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise: as, to levy a siege.
  • To raise or excite; stir up; bring into action; set in motion: as, to levy war.
  • To raise by force or authority; gather or collect by compulsion: as, to levy troops; to levy taxes or tolls; to levy contributions.
  • In law: To commence enforcement of, as a legal process, by seizing property thereunder for the purpose of raising means for payment.
  • To erect or construct: as, to levy a mill; to levy a ditch.
  • To make a levy.
  • n. The act of levying; the raising or collecting of anything by authority or force; compulsory satisfaction of a requirement, claim, or demand: as, to make a levy of troops or taxes.
  • n. Specifically, in law, a sufficient taking of possession of chattels, and assertion of authority, by a sheriff or similar officer, under color of legal process, to render the officer liable for trespass if he be not protected by process: as, a levy upon a debtor's property.
  • n. That which is levied, as a body of troops, or the amount accruing from a tax or an execution.
  • n. An obsolete form of levee.
  • n. A coin, the Spanish real, or eighth part of a dollar (twelve and a half cents), formerly current in the United States. Also called an elevenpenny bit. See. fip.
  • n. The sum of twelve and a half cents; a “bit.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. impose and collect
  • v. cause to assemble or enlist in the military
  • n. a charge imposed and collected
  • n. the act of drafting into military service


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