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Definition of tax:

  1. A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government.
  2. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority.
  3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy tax on time or health.
  4. A lesson to be learned; a task.
  5. A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses.
  6. A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject.
  7. Charge; censure.
  8. 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.
  9. To assess, fix, or determine judicially, the amount of; as, to tax the cost of an action in court.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.


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