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.)

Definitions of levy
  1. verb
    impose and collect
    levy a fine”
    synonyms: impose
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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
  2. noun
    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)
  3. verb
    cause to assemble or enlist in the military
    synonyms: raise, recruit
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    draft, enlist, muster in
    engage somebody to enter the army
  4. noun
    the act of drafting into military service
    synonyms: levy en masse
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    type of:
    conscription, draft, muster, selective service
    compulsory military service
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