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English definition of “tax”

tax

noun [C/U]  /tæks/ us  

tax noun [C/U] (MONEY)

social studies (an amount of) money paid to the government, usually a percentage of personal income or of the cost of goods or services bought: [C] income/sales/Social Security tax [C] a property/gasoline tax [U] The senator proposed a tax increase/cut. tax refund social studies A tax refund is money returned to you from the government because you have paid more than you needed to for a particular year.

tax

verb [T]  /tæks/ us  

tax verb [T] (NEED EFFORT)

to be difficult for someone or use too much of something: All he has to do is wash a few dishes – that shouldn’t tax him too much. Round-the-clock nursing care severely taxed her resources.

tax verb [T] (REQUIRE TO PAY)

to require a person or organization to pay a tax: He maintained that corporations were not being taxed enough.
(Definition of tax from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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