Lev"y (?), n.; pl. Levies (#). [A contr. of elevenpence or elevenpenny bit.]

A name formerly given in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to the Spanish real of one eight of a dollar (or 12

 

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Lev"y, n. [F. lev'ee, fr. lever to raise. See Lever, and cf. Lever.]

1.

The act of levying or collecting by authority; as, the levy of troops, taxes, etc.

A levy of all the men left under sixty. Thirlwall.

2.

That which is levied, as an army, force, tribute, etc.

" The Irish levies."

Macaulay.

3. Law

The taking or seizure of property on executions to satisfy judgments, or on warrants for the collection of taxes; a collecting by execution.

Levy in mass [F. lev'ee en masse], a requisition of all able-bodied men for military service.

 

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Lev"y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Levied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Levying.]

1.

To raise, as a siege.

[Obs.] Holland.

2.

To raise; to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrollment, conscription. etc.

Augustine . . . inflamed Ethelbert, king of Kent, to levy his power, and to war against them. Fuller.

3.

To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority; as, to levy taxes, toll, tribute, or contributions.

If they do this . . . my ransom, then, Will soon be levied. Shak.

4. Law (a)

To gather or exact; as, to levy money.

(b)

To erect, build, or set up; to make or construct; to raise or cast up; as, to levy a mill, dike, ditch, a nuisance, etc.

[Obs.] Cowell. Blackstone. (c)

To take or seize on execution; to collect by execution.

To levy a fine, to commence and carry on a suit for assuring the title to lands or tenements. Blackstone. -- To levy war, to make or begin war; to take arms for attack; to attack.

 

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Lev"y, v. i.

To seize property, real or personal, or subject it to the operation of an execution; to make a levy; as, to levy on property; the usual mode of levying, in England, is by seizing the goods.

To levy on goods and chattels, to take into custody or seize specific property in satisfaction of a writ.

 

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