tax, taxation, revenue enhancement

(noun) charge against a citizen’s person or property or activity for the support of government



(noun) the surgical procedure of manually restoring a displaced body part


(noun) a locomotor response toward or away from an external stimulus by a motile (and usually simple) organism


(verb) make a charge against or accuse; “They taxed him failure to appear in court”

tax, task

(verb) use to the limit; “you are taxing my patience”


(verb) levy a tax on; “The State taxes alcohol heavily”; “Clothing is not taxed in our state”

tax, assess

(verb) set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


tax (countable and uncountable, plural taxes)

Money paid to the government other than for transaction-specific goods and services.

Synonyms: impost, tribute, contribution, duty, toll, rate, assessment, exaction, custom, demand, levy

Antonym: subsidy

(figurative, uncountable) A burdensome demand.

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

(obsolete) charge; censure

(obsolete) A lesson to be learned.


• church tax

• corporation tax

• duty

• estate tax

• excise, excise tax

• flat tax

• gift tax

• goods and services tax

• gross receipts tax

• head tax

• income tax

• inheritance tax

• land tax

• poll tax

• property tax

• personal property tax

• real property tax

• sales tax

• sin tax

• sumptuary tax

• transfer tax

• use tax

• utilities tax

• value added tax

Coordinate terms

• fine

• license fee

• penalty

• seignorage

• user charge

Etymology 2


tax (third-person singular simple present taxes, present participle taxing, simple past and past participle taxed)

(transitive) To impose and collect a tax from (a person or company).

(transitive) To impose and collect a tax on (something).

(transitive) To make excessive demands on.

(transitive) To accuse.

(transitive) To examine accounts in order to allow or disallow items.


• ATX, xat

Source: Wiktionary

Tax, n. Etym: [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: -- (a) 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.

(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. (c) A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses.

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

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

4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] Clarendon.

5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] Johnson. Tax cart, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.]


– Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate; assessment; exaction; custom; demand.

Tax, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Taxed; p. pr. & vb. n. Taxing.] Etym: [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. We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride, and folly than we are taxed by government. Franklin.

2. (Law)

Definition: 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.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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