a. A list or system of duties imposed by a government on imported or exported goods.
b. A duty or duties so imposed.
2. A schedule of prices or fees.
tr.v. tar·iffed, tar·iff·ing, tar·iffs
To fix a duty or price on.
[Italian tariffa, from Old Italian, from Arabic ta'rīf, notification, infinitive of 'arrafa, to announce, derived stem of 'arafa, to know; see ʿrp in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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