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Definition of toll noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] money that you pay to use a particular road or bridge motorway tolls a toll road/bridge Thesaurusratecharge fee rent fine fare tollThese are all words for an amount of money that is charged or paid for something.rate a fixed amount of money that is asked or paid for something:a low hourly rate interest ratescharge an amount of money that is asked for goods or services:an admission charge a rental chargefee (somewhat formal) an amount of money that you have to pay for professional advice or services, to go to a school or college, or to join an organization:legal fees an annual membership feerent an amount of money that you regularly have to pay for use of a home or an officefine a sum of money that must be paid as punishment for breaking a law or rule:a parking finefare the money that you pay to travel by bus, plane, taxi, etc.toll an amount of money that you have to pay to use a particular road or bridge.Patterns (a) rate/charge/fee/rent/fine/fare/toll for something (a) rate/charge/fee/rent/toll on something at a rate/charge/fee/rent/fare of… for a charge/fee to pay (a) rate/charge/fee/rent/fine/fare/toll to charge (a) rate/fee/rent/fare/toll
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] the amount of damage or the number of deaths and injuries that are caused in a particular war, disaster, etc. The official death toll has now reached 7,000. the war's growing casualty toll Every hour, the news bulletin reported the mounting toll of casualties.
  3. 3[singular] the sound of a bell ringing with slow, regular strokes
  4. 4[countable] a charge for a telephone call that is calculated at a higher rate than a local call
  5. Idioms
    take a heavy toll (on somebody/something), take its toll (on somebody/something)
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    to have a bad effect on someone or something; to cause a lot of damage, deaths, suffering, etc. Illness had taken a heavy toll on her. The recession is taking its toll on the housing markets.
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