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toll

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noun \ˈtōl\

Definition of toll

  1. 1 :  a tax or fee paid for some liberty or privilege (as of passing over a highway or bridge)

  2. 2 :  compensation for services rendered: asa :  a charge for transportationb :  a charge for a long-distance telephone call

  3. 3 :  a grievous or ruinous price <inflation has taken its toll>; especially :  cost in life or health <the death toll from the hurricane>



Origin of toll

Middle English, from Old English, from Vulgar Latin *tolonium, alteration of Late Latin telonium customhouse, from Greek tolōnion, from telōnēs collector of tolls, from telos tax, toll; perhaps akin to Greek tlēnai to bear


First Known Use: before 12th century

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toll

verb

Definition of toll

  • intransitive verb
    1. :  to take or levy toll

    2. transitive verb
    3. 1a :  to exact part of as a tollb :  to take as toll

    4. 2 :  to exact a toll from (someone)



    14th Century

    First Known Use of toll

    14th century


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    toll

    transitive verb \ˈtōl\

    Definition of toll

    tolled or toledtoll·ing or tol·ing

    1. 1 :  allure, entice

    2. 2a :  to entice (game) to approachb :  to attract (fish) with scattered baitc :  to lead or attract (domestic animals) to a desired point



    Variants of toll

    or tole play \ˈtōl\

    Origin of toll

    Middle English tollen, tolen; akin to Old English fortyllan to seduce


    First Known Use: 13th century


    4

    toll

    verb

    Definition of toll

    1. transitive verb
    2. 1 :  to sound (a bell) by pulling the rope

    3. 2a :  to give signal or announcement of <the clock tolled each hour>b :  to announce by tolling <church bells tolled the death of the bishop>c :  to call to or from a place or occasion <bells tolled the congregation to church>

    4. intransitive verb
    5. :  to sound with slow measured strokes <the bell tolls solemnly>



    Origin of toll

    Middle English, to pull, drag, toll (a bell), perhaps alteration of toilen to struggle — more at toil


    First Known Use: 15th century


    5

    toll

    noun

    Definition of toll

    1. :  the sound of a tolling bell



    15th Century

    First Known Use of toll

    15th century




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