- Toll is defined as the charge for using a specific road or for making a telephone call, or it refers to the total loss or damage caused by an event.
- When you pay $.50 cents to cross a bridge, this is an example of a toll.
- When a plane crash causes 10 deaths, this is an example of a situation where the death toll is equal to ten.
- When you suffer a loss and feel sad, this is an example of a situation where the loss took an emotional toll on you.
toll definition by Webster's New World
- a tax or charge for a privilege, esp. for permission to pass over a bridge, along a highway, etc.
- a charge for service or extra service, as for transportation, for a long-distance telephone call, or, formerly, for having one's grain milled
- the number lost, taken, exacted, etc.; exaction: the tornado took a heavy toll of lives
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English akin to German zoll, Old Norse tollr ; from Middle Low German tol ; from Midieval Latin tolneum ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form toloneum, toll(house), for Classical Latin teloneum ; from Classical Greek telōnion ; from telōnēs, tax collector ; from telos, tax, akin to tlēnai, to support, bear: for Indo-European base see tolerate
- to take or gather as a toll
- to impose a toll on
- Now Chiefly Dial. to allure or entice; esp., to decoy (game, etc.)
- to ring (a church bell, etc.) slowly with regularly repeated strokes, esp. for announcing a death
- to sound (the hour, a knell, etc.) by this
- to announce, summon, or dismiss by this
- to announce the death of (someone) in this way
Origin: Middle English tollen, to pull, uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Old English -tyllan, to mislead ; from Indo-European base an unverified form del- from source tale
- the act of tolling a bell
- the sound of a bell tolling
- a single stroke of the bell
- toller noun
toll definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A fixed charge or tax for a privilege, especially for passage across a bridge or along a road.
- A charge for a service, such as a long-distance telephone call.
- An amount or extent of loss or destruction, as of life, health, or property: “Poverty and inadequate health care take their toll on the quality of a community's health” (Los Angeles Times).
- To exact as a toll.
- To charge a fee for using (a structure, such as a bridge).
Origin: Middle English, from Old English, variant of toln, from Medieval Latin tolōnīum, from Latin telōnēum, tollbooth, from Greek telōneion, from telōnēs, tax collector, from telos, tax; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
verb tolled, toll·ing, tolls verb, transitive
- To sound (a large bell) slowly at regular intervals.
- To announce or summon by tolling.
- The act of tolling.
- The sound of a bell being struck.
Origin: Middle English tollen, to ring an alarm, perhaps from tollen, to entice, pull, variant of tillen, from Old English -tyllan.
toll - Business Definition
- A fee. For example, drivers may be required to pay a toll to use a road or cross a bridge. Callers may be charged a toll to place a telephone call outside their calling area.
- Loss or suffering from an activity, event, or condition: The pension fund's poor financial condition took a toll on employees.
toll - Legal Definition
- To bar, or take away; to defeat.
- To stop from running (said of a statutory period of time).
- To charge for the use of another’s property, hence toll roads, toll bridges, and so on.