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Definition of toll verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they toll
    he / she / it tolls
    past simple tolled
    -ing form tolling
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  1. 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. 2(figurative) The revolution tolled the death knell (= signaled the end) for the Russian monarchy.
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