Use the word levy as you would use the word tax: “When the state government imposed a levy on soft drinks, thousands of citizens took to the streets in protest.”

The word levy can act as either a verb or a noun in a sentence. The noun levy refers to a charge, such as a tax, fine, or other fee, that is imposed on something. The verb levy is used to describe the act of imposing or collecting the charge. If you need to raise money, for example, you may decide to levy a fine on your family every time you have to make the coffee in the morning. (Be careful though: your family may also take to the streets in protest.)

Primary Meanings of levy

impose and collect
a charge imposed and collected
cause to assemble or enlist in the military
the act of drafting into military service
Full Definitions of levy

v impose and collect

levy a fine”
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charge a fee for using
levy a tithe on (produce or a crop)
impose anew
impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
impose a fine on
levy a tax on
levy a distress on
levy an excise tax on
charge a tariff
levy an extra tax on
tax excessively
Type of:
bill, charge
demand payment

n a charge imposed and collected

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revenue enhancement, tax, taxation
charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government
a levy of one tenth of something
single tax
a system of taxation in which a tax is levied on a single commodity (usually land)
income tax
a personal tax levied on annual income
capital gains tax
a tax on capital gains
capital levy
a tax on capital or property
departure tax
a tax that is levied when you are departing a country by land or sea or air
franchise tax
a tax that is imposed by states on corporations; it depends both on the net worth of the corporation and on its net income attributable to activities within the state
gift tax
a tax imposed on transfers of property by gift during the lifetime of the giver
direct tax
a tax paid directly by the person or organization on whom it is levied
indirect tax
a tax levied on goods or services rather than on persons or organizations
a tax levied on the basis of a fixed amount per person
graduated tax, progressive tax
any tax in which the rate increases as the amount subject to taxation increases
proportional tax
any tax in which the rate is constant as the amount subject to taxation increases
degressive tax
any tax in which the rate decreases as the amount subject to taxation increases
a local tax on property (usually used in the plural)
stamp duty, stamp tax
a tax collected by requiring a stamp to be purchased and attached (usually on documents or publications)
a tax toward paving streets
transfer tax
any tax levied on the passing of title to property
special assessment
an additional tax levied on private property for public improvements that enhance the value of the property
Type of:
financial liabilities (such as a tax)

v cause to assemble or enlist in the military

raise, recruit
Type of:
draft, enlist, muster in
engage somebody to enter the army

n the act of drafting into military service

levy en masse
Type of:
conscription, draft, muster, selective service
compulsory military service

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