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toll

noun \ ˈtōl \

Definition of toll

1 :a tax or fee paid for some liberty or privilege (as of passing over a highway or bridge)
2 :compensation for services rendered: such as
a :a charge for transportation
b :a charge for a long-distance telephone call
3 :a grievous or ruinous price
  • inflation has taken its toll
; especially :cost in life or health
  • the death toll from the hurricane

Origin and Etymology 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

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toll

verb

Definition of toll

intransitive verb
:to take or levy toll
transitive verb
1 a :to exact part of as a toll
b :to take as toll
2 :to exact a toll from (someone)

First Known Use of toll

14th century


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toll

verb

Definition of toll

intransitive verb
:to sound with slow measured strokes
  • the bell tolls solemnly
transitive verb
1 :to sound (a bell) by pulling the rope
2 a :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

Origin and Etymology of toll

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


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toll

noun

Definition of toll

:the sound of a tolling bell

First Known Use of toll

15th century


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toll

verb \ ˈtōl \
variants: or tole

Definition of toll

tolled or toled; tolling or toling
transitive verb
2 a :to entice (game) to approach
b :to attract (fish) with scattered bait
c :to lead or attract (domestic animals) to a desired point

Origin and Etymology of toll

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



TOLL Defined for Kids

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toll

noun \ ˈtōl \

Definition of toll for Students

1 :a tax paid for a privilege (as the use of a highway or bridge)
2 :a charge paid for a service
3 :the cost in life or health

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toll

verb

Definition of toll for Students

tolled; tolling
1 :to announce or call by the sounding of a bell
  • The clock tolled midnight.
2 :to sound with slow strokes
  • Bells tolled solemnly.

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toll

noun

Definition of toll for Students

:the sound of a bell ringing slowly

Law Dictionary

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toll

noun

legal Definition of toll

:a charge for the use of a transportation route or facility; broadly :a charge for use
  • a water toll

Origin and Etymology of toll

Old English, tax or fee paid for a liberty or privilege, ultimately from Late Latin telonium custom house, from Greek tolōnion, from telōnēs collector of tolls, from telos tax, toll


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toll

verb

legal Definition of toll

transitive verb
1 :to take away (as a right)
2 a :to remove the effect of
  • the court did not toll the statute of repose after the statutory period had expired
b :suspend 2a
  • toll the running of the statute of limitations
— compare run
intransitive verb
:to be suspended
  • statute of limitations tolls for a period of seventy-five days following the notice
  • Parker v. Yen, 823 S.W.2d 359 (1991)

Origin and Etymology of toll

Anglo-French tollir toller to take away, make null, bar, ultimately from Latin tollere to lift up, take away


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toll

noun

legal Definition of toll

:a suspension of effect
  • the court extended the statute of limitations toll


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