Meaning of tithe


To tithe is to make a contribution equal to one-tenth of your income, usually to a church or religious institution. Devout church-goers usually tithe, even in years when their finances are very tight.

Tithe comes from the Old English word teogotha, which means “tenth.” To tithe is to relinquish one-tenth of your personal income, either as a mandatory contribution, a voluntary donation, or as a levy. In ancient times farmers were required to tithe a portion of their crops. You may suspect that some of the wealthiest members of your church don’t really tithe as expected.

Definitions of tithe
  1. noun

    a levy of one tenth of something

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    a charge imposed and collected

  2. noun

    an offering of a tenth part of some personal income

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    money contributed to a religious organization

  3. verb

    pay a tenth of one’s income, especially to the church

    “Although she left the church officially, she still
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    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

  4. verb

    pay one tenth of; pay tithes on, especially to the church

    tithed his income to the Church”

  5. verb

    exact a tithe from

    “The church was
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    bill, charge

    demand payment

  6. verb

    levy a tithe on (produce or a crop)

    “The wool was
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    impose, levy

    impose and collect

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