1an act of levying a tax, fee, or fine:police forces receive 49 per cent of their funding via a levy on the rates a tax raised by levying: we all pay a fossil fuel levy in our electricity bills a sum collected as a supplement to an existing subscription:the trade-union political levy an item or items of property seized to satisfy a legal judgement.
2 historical an act of enlisting troops: Edward I and Edward II had made substantial use of the feudal levy for raising an army
) a body of troops that have been enlisted:lightly armed local levies
1impose (a tax, fee, or fine):a tax of two per cent was levied on all cargoes impose a tax, fee, or fine on:there will be powers to levy the owner [no object]
) seize (property) to satisfy a legal judgement: there were no goods to levy upon
2 archaic enlist (someone) for military service: he sought to levy one man from each vill for service begin to wage (war): they then proceeded without further ceremony to levy war upon the king