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Definition a charge imposed

More rarely, levy can denote enlisting or drafting soldiers, or making war, or seizing property in accordance with a legal judgment. All these senses of the word involve having legal authority to take from others.
  • levy a fine
  • Taxes should be levied based on ability to pay.
  • A mere trader ought not to grumble at the tolls levied by a mighty king.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Mirror of the Sea
  • Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • He importunes, persecutes one, and levies a regular tax on all travellers.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • It is a bargain not unfrequently levied in love.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Trust to thy single virtue; for thy soldiers, All levied in my name, have in my name Took their discharge.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • He went out to levy on the village—not with a begging-bowl, which might do for down-country, but in the manner of a prince.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Stephen Levy, a linguist at Queen Mary University, London, states that popular notions of like merely as a "filler or fumble" are inaccurate.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • I'll levy thine attendance: Why waste so vainly thy resplendence?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • The shopman told me they were so many levies.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The Mallisters still hold Seagard and Walder Frey is marshaling his levies at the Twins.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • If we had reason to fear these levies even before Richard's return, trowest thou there is any doubt now which party their leaders will take?
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Wes turned down Edmondson Avenue, walking toward his friend Levy's house.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Ely with Richmond troubles me more near Than Buckingham and his rash-levied strength.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • The NFL hadn't yet begun to levy big fines for fights, and Wallace had taken full advantage of the freebies.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • So Levy quietly organized an experimental antipoverty program far away from the capital, in Campeche, where it wouldn't arouse interest or opposition.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • By heavens! it made them heroic; and it made them pathetic too in their craving for trade with the inflexible death levying its toll on young and old.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The community pressure levied against him would have sent me to an asylum.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Young Lord Hunter and his levies had joined the others two days past.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows

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