Etymology
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tax (v.)

c. 1300, "impose a tax on," from Old French taxer "impose a tax" (13c.) and directly from Latin taxare "evaluate, estimate, assess, handle," also "censure, charge," probably a frequentative form of tangere "to touch," from PIE root *tag- "to touch, handle." Sense of "to burden, put a strain on" first recorded early 14c.; that of "censure, reprove" is from 1560s. Its use in Luke ii for Greek apographein "to enter on a list, enroll" is due to Tyndale. Related: Taxed; taxing.

tax (n.)

early 14c., "obligatory contribution levied by a sovereign or government," from Anglo-French tax, Old French taxe, and directly from Medieval Latin taxa, from Latin taxare (see tax (v.)). Related: Taxes. Tax-deduction is from 1942; tax-shelter is attested from 1961.

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Definitions of tax
1
tax (v.)
levy a tax on;
Clothing is not taxed in our state
The State taxes alcohol heavily
tax (v.)
set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine);
Synonyms: assess
tax (v.)
use to the limit;
you are taxing my patience
Synonyms: task
tax (v.)
make a charge against or accuse;
They taxed him failure to appear in court
2
tax (n.)
charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government;
Synonyms: taxation / revenue enhancement
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