- 1[countable] money that you pay to use a particular road or bridge motorway tolls a toll road/bridge Synonymsratecharge fee rent fine fare toll rentalThese 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 of pay interest ratescharge an amount of money that is asked for goods or services:an admission chargefee (rather 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 fee rent an amount of money that you regularly have to pay for use of a building or room. In American English, rent can be used to mean rental:The weekly rent on the car was over $300.fine 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.rental an amount of money that you have to pay to use something for a particular period of time.rent or rental?In British English rent is only money paid to use a building or room: for other items use rental. In American English rent can be used for both, but rental is still more common for other items.Patterns (a) rate/charge/fee/rent/fine/fare/toll/rental for something (a) rate/charge/fee/rent/toll/rental on something at a rate/charge/fee/rent/fare/rental of… for a charge/fee to pay (a) rate/charge/fee/rent/fine/fare/toll/rental to charge (a) rate/fee/rent/fare/toll/rental Wordfinderclamp, cone, contraflow, pedestrian, roadworks, speed hump, tailback, toll, traffic, zebra crossing See related entries: Controlling traffic
- 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. See related entries: Natural disasters
- 3[singular] the sound of a bell ringing with slow regular strokes
- 4[countable] (North American English) a charge for a telephone call that is calculated at a higher rate than a local call See related entries: Phone services Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 and noun sense 4 Old English (denoting a charge, tax, or duty), from medieval Latin toloneum, alteration of late Latin teloneum, from Greek telōnion
to have a bad effect on somebody/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.