levy

Definitions:

To raise; to collect, as an army or a tax. To levy war, to raise or begin war; to attack. To levy a fine, to commence and carry on a suit for assuring the title to lands or tenements.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (verb) (v.) (verb)
To collect by authority.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
The act of laying for that which is levied, whether in men or taxes. Levy in mass, a requisition for service of all liable to bear arms.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Levying.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (participle) (p. pr.) (present participle)
Act of raising money or troops by authority.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The act of collecting by authority: the troops so collected.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
The act of collecting men for some service; the men thus collected; the act of raising money by assessment.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To raise: to collect by authority, as an army or a tax:- pr. p. levying; pa. t. and pa. p. levied.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
The act of collecting or raising by compulsion, as money or men; the amount or number raised.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To make a forced seizure in order to collect money; as, to levy on household goods for unpaid rent.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (verb) (v. i.) (verb intransitive)
To raise; to collect, said of troops or taxes.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (verb) (v.) (verb)
To raise or collect by compulsion, as an army or a tax.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
Levied.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (participle) (p.t. & p.p.) (past tense, past participle)

Usage examples:

By it he promised not to levy taxes without consent of Parliament, not to quarter soldiers in private houses, not to establish martial law in time of peace, not to order arbitrary imprisonment.
- A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1. by Carlton J. H. Hayes
The advance of bread in 1756, induced the officers to step out of the common track, perhaps, out of their knowledge; and, at the expence of half a levy fit up an apparatus for grinding corn in the house: thus, by sacrificing half one levy many would be saved.
- An History of Birmingham (1783) by William Hutton
They take what with us would be a " walk in the country," and as they pass they levy toll on every sod beside the road, or in a corner of a wall; on the fresh green leaves and twigs of neglected thickets; on brambles and weeds- rabbits adore weeds!
- Home Fires in France by Dorothy Canfield