See also: Levy, Lévy, levý, and левы


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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈlɛ.vi/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛvi

Etymology 1Edit

From Anglo-Norman leve, from Old French levee, from lever (to raise).


levy (third-person singular simple present levies, present participle levying, simple past and past participle levied)

  1. To impose (a tax or fine) to collect monies due, or to confiscate property.
    to levy a tax
    • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian[1]:
      In August, the company also announced that it would begin to levy fines on other vendors on its platform who over-package their products.
  2. To raise or collect by assessment; to exact by authority.
  3. To draft someone into military service.
  4. To raise; to collect; said of troops, to form into an army by enrollment, conscription. etc.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, James Nichols, editor, The Church History of Britain, [], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), new edition, London: [] [James Nichols] for Thomas Tegg and Son, [], published 1837, OCLC 913056315:
      Augustine [] inflamed Ethelbert, king of Kent, to levy his power, and to war against them.
  5. To wage war.
  6. To raise, as a siege.
  7. (law) To erect, build, or set up; to make or construct; to raise or cast up.
    • 1619, Michael Dalton, The Countrey Justice:
      The new levying or inhancing of Weares Mills


levy (plural levies)

  1. The act of levying.
    • 1835-1847, Connop Thirlwall, The History of Greece
      A levy of all the men left under sixty.
  2. The tax, property or people so levied.

Etymology 2Edit

Contraction of elevenpence.


levy (plural levies)

  1. (US, obsolete, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia) The Spanish real of one eighth of a dollar, valued at elevenpence when the dollar was rated at seven shillings and sixpence.

See alsoEdit




lev- +‎ -y; stem from leveä (wide).


  • IPA(key): /ˈleʋy/, [ˈle̞ʋy]
  • Rhymes: -eʋy
  • Syllabification(key): le‧vy



  1. plate (thin, flat object of uniform thickness)
  2. board (flat construction material supplied in sheets, such as chipboard, or a sheet of such material)
  3. slab ( thick, flat piece of material)
  4. (computing, electronics) disk (device for storing data)
  5. (music) recording, disc (piece of music stored on a disc, or a disc on which music is saved)
  6. Short for keittolevy (hotplate).


Inflection of levy (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative levy levyt
genitive levyn levyjen
partitive levyä levyjä
illative levyyn levyihin
singular plural
nominative levy levyt
accusative nom. levy levyt
gen. levyn
genitive levyn levyjen
partitive levyä levyjä
inessive levyssä levyissä
elative levystä levyistä
illative levyyn levyihin
adessive levyllä levyillä
ablative levyltä levyiltä
allative levylle levyille
essive levynä levyinä
translative levyksi levyiksi
instructive levyin
abessive levyttä levyittä
comitative levyineen
Possessive forms of levy (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person levyni levymme
2nd person levysi levynne
3rd person levynsä



Derived termsEdit



  • Häkkinen, Kaisa (2004) Nykysuomen etymologinen sanakirja [Modern Finnish Etymological Dictionary] (in Finnish), Juva: WSOY, →ISBN