Webster 1913 Edition
A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority.Specifically: –
A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government.
A farmer of
taxesis, of all creditors, proverbially the most rapacious.
Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon polls, lands, houses, income, etc.;
as, a land.
tax; a window
taxon carriages, and the like
A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses.
A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject.
A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge;
as, a heavy.
taxon time or health
A lesson to be learned; a task.
a spring cart subject to a low tax.
Syn. – Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate; assessment; exaction; custom; demand.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
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.
We are more heavily
taxedby our idleness, pride, and folly than we are
To assess, fix, or determine judicially, the amount of;
taxthe cost of an action in court
To charge; to accuse; also, to censure; – often followed by with, rarely by of before an indirect object;
taxa man with pride
taxyou, you elements, with unkindness.
Men’s virtues I have commended as freely as I have
Fear not now that men should
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A rate or sum of money assessed on the person or property of a citizen by government, for the use of the nation or state. Taxes, in free governments, are usually laid upon the property of citizens according to their income, or the value of their estates. Tax is a term of general import, including almost every species of imposition on persons or property for supplying the public treasury, as tolls, tribute, subsidy, excise, impost, or customs. But more generally, tax is limited to the sum laid upon polls, lands, houses, horses, cattle, professions and occupations. So we speak of a land tax, a window tax, a tax on carriages, &c. Taxes are annual or perpetual.
2.A sum imposed on the persons and property of citizens to defray the expenses of a corporation, society, parish or company; as a city tax, a county tax, a parish tax, and the like. So a private association may lay a tax on its members for the use of the association.
3.That which is imposed; a burden. The attention that he gives to public business is a heavy tax on his time.
1.To law, impose or assess upon citizens a certain sum of money or amount of property, to be paid to the public treasury, or to the treasury of a corporation or company, to defray the expenses of the government or corporation, &c.
We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride and folly, than we are taxed by government.
2.To load with a burden or burdens.
The narrator--never taxes our faith beyond the obvious bounds of probability.
3.To assess, fix or determine judicially, as the amount of cost on actions in court; as, the court taxes bills of cost.
4.To charge; to censure; to accuse; usually followed by with; as, to tax a man with pride. He was taxed with presumption.
Men's virtues I have commended as freely as I have taxed their crimes.
[To tax of a crime, is not in use, nor to tax for. Both are now improper.]