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Topic: TAX

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: taxer 'to make a judgment about, tax', from Latin taxare 'to feel, make a judgment about, blame', from tangere; TANGIBLE

tax

2 verb
     
tax2 [transitive]
1 to charge a tax on something
tax something at 10%/a higher rate etc
They may be taxed at a higher rate.
tax somebody on something
The individual is taxed on the amount of dividend received.
Cigarettes are heavily taxed in Britain.
2 British EnglishTT to pay the sum of money charged each year for using a vehicle on British roads car tax, road tax
3 to make someone have to work hard or make an effort
tax somebody's patience/strength etc
The kids are really taxing my patience today.
It shouldn't tax your brain too much.

tax somebody with something

phrasal verb
to complain to someone they have done something wrong
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