toll

toll toll [təʊl ǁ toʊl] noun
1. [countable] TRANSPORT the money you have to pay to use a particular road, bridge etc:

• In parts of the USA tolls are charged for motorways.

• Revenue is raised through customs duties and road tolls.

2. take a/​its toll on something/​somebody to have a very bad effect on something or someone over a long period of time:

• Rising unemployment has taken its toll on the consumer lending market.

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toll UK US /təʊl/ noun
[C] TRANSPORT an amount of money that you have to pay to use a road or bridge: »

Motorists in the region paid more than $11.6 million in tolls last year.

pay/collect a toll »

Vehicles would be fitted with an electronic tag allowing drivers to pay tolls by credit card, over the phone or electronically.

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road/bridge/motorway tolls

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a toll bridge/highway/motorway

[C] INTERNET, COMMUNICATIONS an amount of money that you have to pay to use the internet or to visit particular websites: »

Cable companies must treat all online traffic equally, without imposing higher tolls for certain content.

[C] US COMMUNICATIONS the cost of a long-distance phone call
[S] the total number of bad things or amount of damage that happens as a result of something: »

The final toll of bankruptcies for this year is high.

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The death toll from the earthquake was over a million.

financial/economic/emotional toll »

Layoffs carry a large human and financial toll.

to take its/their toll (on sth/sb) — Cf. to take their toll on sth/sb

Financial and business terms. 2012.

Synonyms:
(especially on travellers, as in crossing bridges, ferries, etc.), , , , , ,


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  • toll! — toll! …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • toll — 1 n [Old English, tax or fee paid for a liberty or privilege, ultimately from Late Latin telonium custom house, from Greek tolōnion, from telōnēs collector of tolls, from telos tax, toll]: a charge for the use of a transportation route or… …   Law dictionary

  • Toll — Toll, n. [OE. tol, AS. toll; akin to OS. & D. tol, G. zoll, OHG. zol, Icel. tollr, Sw. tull, Dan. told, and also to E. tale; originally, that which is counted out in payment. See {Tale} number.] 1. A tax paid for some liberty or privilege,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Toll — steht für: Toll!, eine satirische Rubrik des TV Politmagazins Frontal21 Toll Holdings, ein australisches Transportunternehmen Toll Rail, ehemalige neuseeländische Bahngesellschaft verrückt für ein Stückmaß, siehe Toll (Einheit) Toll ist der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Toll — Toll, er, este, adj. & adv. ein Wort, in welchem der Begriff einer Art eines ungestümen Geräusches der herrschende zu seyn scheinet. Es bedeutet überhaupt, ein solches ungestümes betäubendes Geräusch verursachend und darin gegründet. 1. Im… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • toll — und voll: völlig betrunken; eine verstärkende Reimformel; ursprünglich ›Voll und toll‹, so noch oft bei Luther, z.B. ›An den christlichen Adel deutscher Nation‹ (Werke I, 298b). »ßo wurdenn sie zu Rom mercken, das, die deutschen nit alletzeit tol …   Das Wörterbuch der Idiome

  • toll — Adj. (Grundstufe) ugs.: sehr gut, ausgezeichnet Synonyme: super (ugs.), klasse (ugs.), fantastisch, himmlisch Beispiele: Das Buch ist wirklich toll. Sie sieht toll aus. toll Adj. (Aufbaustufe) unwahrscheinlich und deshalb kaum glaubhaft Synonyme …   Extremes Deutsch

  • Toll — Toll, v. t. [See {Tole}.] 1. To draw; to entice; to allure. See {Tole}. [1913 Webster] 2. [Probably the same word as toll to draw, and at first meaning, to ring in order to draw people to church.] To cause to sound, as a bell, with strokes slowly …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toll — Ⅰ. toll [1] ► NOUN 1) a charge payable to use a bridge or road or (N. Amer. ) for a long distance telephone call. 2) the number of deaths or casualties arising from an accident, disaster, etc. 3) the cost or damage resulting from something. ●… …   English terms dictionary

  • Toll — Toll, v. i. 1. To pay toll or tallage. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To take toll; to raise a tax. [R.] [1913 Webster] Well could he [the miller] steal corn and toll thrice. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] No Italian priest Shall tithe or toll in our… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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