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levy, levy against, levy on, levy upon

Levy means to impose a tax or other economic charge, enlist or conscript for military service, or wage war (levy an army; levy war on, upon or against).

  • Property taxes are levied on (or against) the assessed value of a dwelling.
  • The Ontario Provincial Police is levying hefty fines on drivers who run red lights.
  • In times of war, the State may levy an army by conscription.
  • Many times, the English levied war upon the French; and many times, too, the French levied war against the English.