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verb [transitive] tax pronunciation in British English /tæks/
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present tense
I/you/we/theytax
he/she/ittaxes
present participletaxing
past tensetaxed
past participletaxed
  1. 1
    economics to get money for public services and other government institutions by putting a tax on something
    Child care for working mothers should not be taxed.
    government plans to tax private schools
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    1. a.
      to get money by making someone pay a tax
      Couples may choose to be taxed as two single persons.
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  2. 2
    formal to cause problems, or to make things difficult for someone
    The crowds have severely taxed the security services.
    Having to repeat things constantly can really tax your patience.

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