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.

Definitions of toll
  1. noun
    a fee levied for the use of roads or bridges (used for maintenance)
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    fee
    a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
  2. noun
    value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something
    synonyms: cost, price
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    death toll
    the number of deaths resulting from some particular cause such as an accident or a battle or a natural disaster
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    value
    the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable
  3. verb
    charge a fee for using
    Toll the bridges into New York City”
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    impose, levy
    impose and collect
  4. verb
    ring slowly
    “For whom the bell tolls
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    knell, ring
    make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification
  5. noun
    the sound of a bell being struck
    synonyms: bell
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    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
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    sound
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
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