toll

A toll is a payment made for something. To drive on some highways, drivers have to pay a toll when they exit.

Toll comes from the Greek word for "tax," telos. When a fee is charged for the privilege of driving on a road or crossing a bridge, it's called a toll. Another kind of toll is the charge to make a long distance telephone call. Occasionally, toll refers to a different kind of cost — a loss of human life: the human toll of an earthquake or war. Finally, there's the toll, or deep ringing sound, of a bell.

Primary Meanings of toll

1.
nv
a fee levied for the use of roads or bridges (used for maintenance)
charge a fee for using
2.
vn
ring slowly
the sound of a bell being struck
Full Definitions of toll
1

n a fee levied for the use of roads or bridges (used for maintenance)

Type of:
fee
a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services

n value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something

Synonyms:
cost, price
Types:
death toll
the number of deaths resulting from some particular cause such as an accident or a battle or a natural disaster
Type of:
value
the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

v charge a fee for using

Toll the bridges into New York City”
Type of:
impose, levy
impose and collect
2

v ring slowly

“For whom the bell tolls
Type of:
knell, ring
make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification

n the sound of a bell being struck

Synonyms:
bell
Types:
knell
the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something
angelus, angelus bell
the sound of a bell rung in Roman Catholic churches to announce the time when the Angelus should be recited
Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

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