Pronunciation: (taks),[key] —n. 1. a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
2. a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
—v.t. 1. (of a government)
a. to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
b. to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods, sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved.
2. to lay a burden on; make serious demands on: to tax one's resources. 3. to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse: to tax one with laziness. 4. Informal.to charge: What did he tax you for that? 5. Archaic.to estimate or determine the amount or value of.