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Etymology 1[edit]

From Anglo-Norman leve, from Old French levee, from lever (to raise).


levy (third-person singular simple present levies, present participle levying, simple past and past participle levied)

  1. To impose (a tax or fine) to collect monies due, or to confiscate property.
    to levy a tax
  2. To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority.
    • Shakespeare
      If they do this [] my ransom, then, / Will soon be levied.
  3. To draft someone into military service.
  4. To raise; to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrolment, conscription. etc.
    • Fuller
      Augustine [] inflamed Ethelbert, king of Kent, to levy his power, and to war against them.
  5. To wage war.
  6. To raise, as a siege.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)
  7. (law) To erect, build, or set up; to make or construct; to raise or cast up.
    to levy a mill, dike, ditch, a nuisance, etc.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowell to this entry?)


levy (plural levies)

  1. The act of levying.
    • Thirlwall
      A levy of all the men left under sixty.
  2. The tax, property or people so levied.
    • Macaulay
      The Irish levies.

Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of elevenpence.


levy (plural levies)

  1. (US, obsolete, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia) The Spanish real of one eighth of a dollar, valued at elevenpence when the dollar was rated at seven shillings and sixpence.

See also[edit]



Cognate to leveä (wide) and levittää (to spread).



  1. A thin, flat object of uniform thickness; a plate. (A thick plate may also be called laatta).
  2. A board, as a flat construction material supplied in sheets, such as chipboard, or a sheet of such material.
  3. A slab, as a thick, flat piece of material.
  4. A disk for storing data.
  5. A recording of a piece of music made on a disc, or a disc on which music is saved. If there's a need to be specific, a recording may also be called levytys.


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