- 1when a bell tolls or someone tolls it, it is rung slowly many times, especially as a sign that someone has died toll (for somebody) The Abbey bell tolled for those killed in the war. Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. toll something The bell tolled the hour.
- 2(figurative) The revolution tolled the death knell (= signaled the end) for the Russian monarchy.
NAmE//toʊl//[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they toll
he / she / it tolls
past simple tolled
-ing form tolling