levy (v.) Look up levy at Dictionary.com
early 13c., "to raise or collect" (by authority or compulsion), from Anglo-French leve, from Old French levée "act of raising," noun use of fem. past participle of lever "to raise" (see lever, and compare levee). Originally of taxes, later of men for armies (c. 1500). Related: Levied; levying.
levy (n.1) Look up levy at Dictionary.com
"an act of levying, a raising or collecting of anything" (a tax, debt, fine, etc.), early 15c., from Anglo-French leve (mid-13c.), Old French levée "a raising, lifting; levying," noun use of fem. past participle of lever "to raise" (see lever).
levy (n.2) Look up levy at Dictionary.com
1829, colloquial shortening of elevenpence (see eleven). In U.S. before c. 1860, a Spanish real or an equivalent amount of some other money (about 12 and a half cents).