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Definition of toll verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

toll

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//təʊl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//toʊl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they toll
BrE BrE//təʊl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//toʊl//
 
he / she / it tolls
BrE BrE//təʊlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//toʊlz//
 
past simple tolled
BrE BrE//təʊld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//toʊld//
 
past participle tolled
BrE BrE//təʊld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//toʊld//
 
-ing form tolling
BrE BrE//ˈtəʊlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊlɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] when a bell tolls or somebody tolls it, it is rung slowly many times, especially as a sign that somebody 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. (figurative) The revolution tolled the death knell (= signalled the end) for the Russian monarchy. Word Originverb late Middle English: probably a special use of dialect toll ‘drag, pull’.
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