tithe

To tithe is to make a contribution equal to one-tenth of your income, usually to a church or religious institution. Devout church-goers usually tithe, even in years when their finances are very tight.

Tithe comes from the Old English word teogotha, which means “tenth.” To tithe is to relinquish one-tenth of your personal income, either as a mandatory contribution, a voluntary donation, or as a levy. In ancient times farmers were required to tithe a portion of their crops. You may suspect that some of the wealthiest members of your church don’t really tithe as expected.

Definitions of tithe
  1. noun
    a levy of one tenth of something
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    type of:
    levy
    a charge imposed and collected
  2. noun
    an offering of a tenth part of some personal income
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    type of:
    offering
    money contributed to a religious organization
  3. verb
    pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church
    “Although she left the church officially, she still tithes
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    type of:
    pay
    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  4. verb
    pay one tenth of; pay tithes on, especially to the church
    “He tithed his income to the Church”
  5. verb
    exact a tithe from
    “The church was tithed
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    type of:
    bill, charge
    demand payment
  6. verb
    levy a tithe on (produce or a crop)
    “The wool was tithed
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    type of:
    impose, levy
    impose and collect
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