What does tax mean?

Definitions for tax

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word tax.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tax, taxation, revenue enhancementverb

    charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government

  2. taxverb

    levy a tax on

    "The State taxes alcohol heavily"; "Clothing is not taxed in our state"

  3. tax, assessverb

    set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)

  4. tax, taskverb

    use to the limit

    "you are taxing my patience"

  5. taxverb

    make a charge against or accuse

    "They taxed him failure to appear in court"


  1. taxnoun

    Money paid to the government other than for transaction-specific goods and services.

  2. taxnoun

    A burdensome demand.

  3. taxverb

    To impose and collect a tax from (a person).

    Some think to tax the wealthy is the fairest.

  4. taxverb

    To impose and collect a tax on (something).

    Some think to tax wealth is destructive of a private sector.

  5. taxverb

    To make excessive demands on.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Taxnoun

    Etymology: tâsg, Welsh; taxe, French; taxe, Dutch.

    He says Quintus Horatius Flaccus, being the son of a tax gatherer or collector, smells everywhere of the meanness of his birth. Dryden.

    With wars and taxes others waste their own,
    And houses burn, and houshold gods deface,
    To drink in bowls which glittering gems enchase. Dryden.

    The tax upon tillage was two shillings in the pound in arable land, and four in plantations: this tax was often levied in kind upon corn, and called decumæ or tithes. Arbuthnot.

    He could not without grief of heart, and without some tax upon himself and his ministers for the not executing the laws, look upon the bold licence of some pamphlets. Edward Hyde.

  2. To Taxverb

    Etymology: taxer, Fr. from the noun.

    Jehoiakim gave the silver and gold to Pharaoh, but he taxed the land to give the money. 2 Kings xxiii. 35.

    How many hath he killed? I promised to eat all of his killing. ———— Niece, you tax signior Benedick too much; but he’ll be meet with you. William Shakespeare.

    I am not justly to be taxed with any presumption for meddling with matters wherein I have no dealing. Walter Raleigh.

    Tax not divine disposal, wisest men
    Have err’d, and by bad women been deceiv’d. John Milton.

    They cannot tax others omissions towards them without a tacit reproach of their own. Decay of Piety.

    He taxed not nor Virgil for interesting their gods in the wars of Troy and Italy; neither would he have taxed John Milton for his choice of a supernatural argument. Dryden.

    Mens virtues I have commended as freely as I have taxed their crimes. Dryden.

    He call’d him back aloud, and tax’d his fear;
    And sure enough he heard, but durst not hear. Dryden.

    Like some rich and mighty murderer,
    Too great for prison which he breaks with gold,
    Who fresher for new mischief does appear,
    And dares the world to tax him with the old. Dryden.

    If this be chance, it is extraordinary; and I dare not call it more, for fear of being taxed with superstition. Dryden.

    If he taxes both of long delay,
    My guilt is less, who sooner came away. Dryden.

    This salutation cannot be taxed with flattery, since it was directed to a prince, of whom it had been happy for Rome if he had never been born, or if he had never died. Addison.


  1. tax

    A tax is a compulsory financial charge or some other type of levy imposed on a taxpayer (an individual or legal entity) by a governmental organization in order to fund public expenditure and various government services. Failure to pay, along with evasion or resistance to taxation, is punishable by law.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Taxnoun

    a charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority

  2. Taxnoun

    a charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government

  3. Taxnoun

    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

  4. Taxnoun

    a sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses

  5. Taxnoun

    a task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject

  6. Taxnoun

    a disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy tax on time or health

  7. Taxnoun

    charge; censure

  8. Taxnoun

    a lesson to be learned; a task

  9. Taxnoun

    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

  10. Taxnoun

    to assess, fix, or determine judicially, the amount of; as, to tax the cost of an action in court

  11. Taxnoun

    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


  1. Tax

    A tax is a financial charge or other levy imposed upon a taxpayer by a state or the functional equivalent of a state such that failure to pay is punishable by law. Taxes are also imposed by many administrative divisions. Taxes consist of direct or indirect taxes and may be paid in money or as its labour equivalent. According to Black's Law Dictionary, a tax is a "pecuniary burden laid upon individuals or property owners to support the government [...] a payment exacted by legislative authority." It "is not a voluntary payment or donation, but an enforced contribution, exacted pursuant to legislative authority" and is "any contribution imposed by government [...] whether under the name of toll, tribute, tallage, gabel, impost, duty, custom, excise, subsidy, aid, supply, or other name."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tax

    taks, n. a rate imposed on property or persons for the benefit of the state: anything imposed: a burdensome duty.—v.t. to lay a tax on: to register or enrol for fiscal purposes (Luke ii. 1): to burden: to accuse: to examine accounts in order to allow or disallow items.—ns. Taxabil′ity, Tax′ableness.—adj. Tax′able, capable of being, or liable to be, taxed—adv. Tax′ably.—ns. Taxā′tion, act of taxing; Tax′-cart, a light spring-cart; Tax′er.—adj. Tax′free, exempt from taxation.—ns. Tax′-gath′erer; Taxim′eter (see Addenda); Tax′ing-mas′ter, an officer of a court of law who examines bills of costs; Tax′-pay′er. [Fr. taxe, a tax—L. taxāre, to handle, value, charge—tangĕre to touch.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. taxverb

    To rob. "Stick up kids are out to tax" -- Gangstarr (Just To Get A Rep).

  2. taxverb

    To take away something after you kick a sucka's ass."and Ima tax that ass like the government" -- BDK (Pimpin ain't easy).

  3. taxverb

    To dig into or estimate, I'm gonna tax that ass.

Editors Contribution

  1. tax

    An amount of money a person and employee of all types of businesses, companies, enterprises, social enterprises, organizations and all forms of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government pays to contribute to the income of a community, region, country, european unity government or international unity government for an accurate, specific, prioritized and just purpose ensuring discussion and agreement with citizens and electorate of the specific unity government.

    We all must ensure we pay a just sufficient tax to contribute justly to society.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

  2. tax

    To levy a tax.

    The government does levy various types of taxes across society.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TAX

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tax is ranked #30277 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tax surname appeared 773 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Tax.

    64.9% or 502 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    31.8% or 246 total occurrences were White.
    1.1% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.
    1% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tax' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #617

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tax' in Written Corpus Frequency: #772

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tax' in Nouns Frequency: #203

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tax' in Verbs Frequency: #917

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tax in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tax in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of tax in a Sentence

  1. Peter Barron:

    After a six-year audit we are paying the full amount of tax that HM Revenue & Customs agrees we should pay, including 130 million pounds in additional back tax, governments make tax law, the tax authorities independently enforce the law, and Google complies with the law.

  2. Peg Bracken:

    Why does a small tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and s substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?

  3. Ronald Reagan:

    Most tax revisions didn't improve the system, they made it more like Washington itself complicated, unfair, cluttered with gobbledygook and loopholes designed for those with the power and influence to hire high-priced legal and tax advisers.

  4. American Enterprise Institute.Jason Furman:

    It's bizarre. The tax changes the Democrats are proposing are tax increases so if anything, you'd think that would reduce inflation, in general you think tax cuts are inflationary and tax increases are you know deflationary, so I think it's sort of strange because I think Republicans aren't trying to accuse Democrats of being big tax cutters but if you think taxes are causing inflation it's like you're accusing the Democrats of cutting taxes by too much.

  5. Charles Krauthammer:

    I think this argument between him and the Wall Street Journal over what is essentially two percent of the rate, I think it's slightly overexaggerated. It's not going to make any difference in the real world if there's a one or two percent lower rate, and I think what's he's doing is trying to win votes with the sweetener of the child tax credit, there's nothing wrong with that. And it's true that a pudding has to have a theme, but a tax plan doesn't have to have a theme. The theme here is that you're lowering the rate, particularly on the corporate side. You're lowering the tax on investment and return, capital gains, which is what everybody on the right has always said is the engine to drive growth. So, you've got very serious pro-growth elements in here, and you've got a sweetener for the child tax credit, that that's a rejection of Reaganism I find slightly over the top.

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