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Definition of levy:

  1. A name formerly given in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to the Spanish real of one eighth of a dollar ( or 12 cents), valued at eleven pence when the dollar was rated at 7s. 6d.
  2. That which is levied, as an army, force, tribute, etc.
  3. The act of levying or collecting by authority; as, the levy of troops, taxes, etc.
  4. The taking or seizure of property on executions to satisfy judgments, or on warrants for the collection of taxes; a collecting by execution.
  5. To erect, build, or set up; to make or construct; to raise or cast up; as, to levy a mill, dike, ditch, a nuisance, etc.
  6. To gather or exact; as, to levy money.
  7. To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority; as, to levy taxes, toll, tribute, or contributions.
  8. To raise, as a siege.
  9. To raise; to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrollment, conscription, etc.
  10. To seize property, real or personal, or subject it to the operation of an execution; to make a levy; as, to levy on property; the usual mode of levying, in England, is by seizing the goods.
  11. To take or seize on execution; to collect by execution.


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