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LEV'Y, v.t. [L. levo; Eng. to lift.]

1. To raise; to collect. To levy troops, is to enlist or to order men into public service. To levy an army, is to collect troops and form an army by enrollment, conscription or other means.

2. To raise; to collect by assessment; as, to levy taxes, toll tribute, or contributions.

To levy war, is to raise or begin war; to take arms for attack; to attack.

To levy a fine, to commence and carry on a suit for assuring the title to lands or tenements.

LEV'Y, n.

1. The act of collecting men for military, or other public service, as by enlistment, enrollment or other means. 1Kings 9.

2. Troops collected; an army raised. 1Kings 5.

3. The act of collecting money for public use by tax or other imposition.

4. War raised. [Not in use.]



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LEV'Y, v.t. [L. levo; Eng. to lift.]

1. To raise; to collect. To levy troops, is to enlist or to order men into public service. To levy an army, is to collect troops and form an army by enrollment, conscription or other means.

2. To raise; to collect by assessment; as, to levy taxes, toll tribute, or contributions.

To levy war, is to raise or begin war; to take arms for attack; to attack.

To levy a fine, to commence and carry on a suit for assuring the title to lands or tenements.

LEV'Y, n.

1. The act of collecting men for military, or other public service, as by enlistment, enrollment or other means. 1Kings 9.

2. Troops collected; an army raised. 1Kings 5.

3. The act of collecting money for public use by tax or other imposition.

4. War raised. [Not in use.]

LEV'Y, n.

  1. The act of collecting men for military, or other public service, as by enlistment, enrollment or other means. 1 Kings v.
  2. Troops collected; an army raised. 1 Kings v.
  3. The act of collecting money for public use by tax or other imposition.
  4. War raised. [Not in use.] – Shak. Levy in mass, a requisition of the whole body of soldiery in the service.

LEV'Y, v.i. [Fr. lever; It. levare; Sp. levar; L. levo; Eng. to lift.]

  1. To raise; to collect. To levy troops, is to enlist or to order men into public service. To levy an army, is to collect troops and form an army by enrollment, conscription or other means.
  2. To raise; to collect by assessment; as, to levy taxes, toll, tribute, or contributions. To levy war, is to raise or begin war; to take arms for attack; to attack. Blackstone. To levy a fine, to commence and carry on a suit for assuring the title to lands or tenements. – Blackstone.

Lev"y
  1. A name formerly given in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to the Spanish real of one eighth of a dollar (or 12½ cents), valued at eleven pence when the dollar was rated at 7s. 6d.
  2. The act of levying or collecting by authority; as, the levy of troops, taxes, etc.

    A levy of all the men left under sixty. Thirlwall.

  3. To raise, as a siege.

    [Obs.] Holland.
  4. To seize property, real or personal, or subject it to the operation of an execution; to make a levy; as, to levy on property; the usual mode of levying, in England, is by seizing the goods.

    To levy on goods and chattels, to take into custody or seize specific property in satisfaction of a writ.

  5. That which is levied, as an army, force, tribute, etc.

    " The Irish levies." Macaulay.
  6. To raise] to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrollment, conscription, etc.

    Augustine . . . inflamed Ethelbert, king of Kent, to levy his power, and to war against them. Fuller.

  7. The taking or seizure of property on executions to satisfy judgments, or on warrants for the collection of taxes; a collecting by execution.

    Levy in mass [F. levée en masse], a requisition of all able-bodied men for military service.

  8. To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority; as, to levy taxes, toll, tribute, or contributions.

    If they do this . . . my ransom, then,
    Will soon be levied.
    Shak.

  9. To gather or exact; as, to levy money.

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Levy

LEV'Y, verb transitive [Latin levo; Eng. to lift.]

1. To raise; to collect. To levy troops, is to enlist or to order men into public service. To levy an army, is to collect troops and form an army by enrollment, conscription or other means.

2. To raise; to collect by assessment; as, to levy taxes, toll tribute, or contributions.

To levy war, is to raise or begin war; to take arms for attack; to attack.

To levy a fine, to commence and carry on a suit for assuring the title to lands or tenements.

LEV'Y, noun

1. The act of collecting men for military, or other public service, as by enlistment, enrollment or other means. 1 Kings 9:15.

2. Troops collected; an army raised. 1 Kings 5:13.

3. The act of collecting money for public use by tax or other imposition.

4. War raised. [Not in use.]

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