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toll1 /toʊl/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
toll2 /toʊl/USA pronunciation
- a fee demanded by an authority for some right or privilege, as for driving along a road.
- the extent or amount of loss, damage, or suffering resulting from some action:The toll from the earthquake was 300 persons dead.
- Telecommunicationsa payment made for a long-distance telephone call.
- to (cause a large bell) to sound with single strokes slowly and regularly repeated: [~ + object]to toll a bell.[no object]Bells tolled in the distance.
- to sound or strike (the hour, etc.) by such strokes:[~ + object]The bells tolled the end of the day.
- to announce the death of someone by such strokes:[no object]The bells tolled for the dead sovereign.
- the act or sound of tolling a bell.
toll1 (tōl),USA pronunciation
- a payment or fee exacted by the state, the local authorities, etc., for some right or privilege, as for passage along a road or over a bridge.
- the extent of loss, damage, suffering, etc., resulting from some action or calamity:The toll was 300 persons dead or missing.
- a tax, duty, or tribute, as for services or use of facilities.
- a payment made for a long-distance telephone call.
- (formerly, in England) the right to take such payment.
- a compensation for services, as for transportation or transmission.
- grain retained by a miller in payment for grinding.
- to collect (something) as toll.
- to impose a tax or toll on (a person).
- to collect toll;
- Greek telōneîon tollhouse, akin to teló̄nēs tax collector, télos tax; (verb, verbal) Middle English tollen, derivative of the noun, nominal
- Late Latin tolōnēum, for telōnēum
- (noun, nominal) Middle English, Old English toll (cognate with Dutch tol, German Zoll, Old Norse tollr), assimilated variant of Old English toln bef. 1000
toll2 (tōl),USA pronunciation
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tariff, levy, impost, exaction.
- to cause (a large bell) to sound with single strokes slowly and regularly repeated, as for summoning a congregation to church, or esp. for announcing a death.
- to sound or strike (a knell, the hour, etc.) by such strokes:In the distance Big Ben tolled five.
- to announce by this means;
ring a knell for (a dying or dead person).
- to summon or dismiss by tolling.
- to lure or decoy (game) by arousing curiosity.
- to allure;
entice:He tolls us on with fine promises.
- to sound with single strokes slowly and regularly repeated, as a bell.
Also, tole (for defs. 5, 6. ).
- the act of tolling a bell.
- one of the strokes made in tolling a bell.
- the sound made.
toll3 (tōl),USA pronunciation v.t. [Law.]
- 1175–1225; Middle English tollen to entice, lure, pull, hence probably to make (a bell) ring by pulling a rope; akin to Old English -tyllan, in fortyllan to attract, allure
- Lawmakingto suspend or interrupt (as a statute of limitations).
- Latin tollere to remove, take away
- Anglo-French tolre, tol(l)er
- late Middle English tollen to remove, legally annul 1425–75
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toll /təʊl/ vb
- to ring or cause to ring slowly and recurrently
- (transitive) to summon, warn, or announce by tolling
- US Canadian to decoy (game, esp ducks)
Etymology: 15th Century: perhaps related to Old English -tyllan, as in fortyllan to attract
- the act or sound of tolling
toll /təʊl; tɒl/ n
Etymology: Old English toln; related to Old Frisian tolene, Old High German zol toll, from Late Latin telōnium customs house, from Greek telónion, ultimately from telos tax
- an amount of money levied, esp for the use of certain roads, bridges, etc, to cover the cost of maintenance
- (as modifier): toll road, toll bridge
- loss or damage incurred through an accident, disaster, etc: the war took its toll of the inhabitants
- Also called: tollage (formerly) the right to levy a toll
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