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toll

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[ tohl ]
/ toʊl /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to collect (something) as toll.
to impose a tax or toll on (a person).

verb (used without object)

to collect toll; levy toll.

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Origin of toll

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English tol(le), Old English noun toll “tax, levy, custom, toll” (cognate with Dutch tol, German Zoll, Old Norse tollr ), assimilated variant of Middle English toln(e), Old English toln, from Late Latin tolōnēum, telonium, teloneum for Latin telōnēum “customs post,” from Greek telōneîon “tollhouse,” derivative of télos “tax”; the verb is derivative of the noun

Definition for toll (2 of 3)

toll2
[ tohl ]
/ toʊl /

verb (used with object) Also tole (for defs. 5, 6).

verb (used without object)

to sound with single strokes slowly and regularly repeated, as a bell.

noun

Origin of toll

2
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English tollen, tol(le) “to entice, lure, pull,” hence probably “to make (a bell) ring by pulling a rope”; akin to Old English tyllan “to draw, attract,” found only in the compound verb fortyllan “to draw off, seduce”

Definition for toll (3 of 3)

toll3
[ tohl ]
/ toʊl /

verb (used with object) Law.

to suspend or interrupt, as a statute of limitations.

Origin of toll

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First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English tollen “to remove, legally annul,” from Anglo-French to(u)ller, from Latin tollere “to lift up, take away, remove”
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British Dictionary definitions for toll (1 of 2)

toll1
/ (təʊl) /

verb

to ring or cause to ring slowly and recurrently
(tr) to summon, warn, or announce by tolling
US and Canadian to decoy (game, esp ducks)

noun

the act or sound of tolling

Word Origin for toll

C15: perhaps related to Old English -tyllan, as in fortyllan to attract

British Dictionary definitions for toll (2 of 2)

toll2
/ (təʊl, tɒl) /

noun

  1. an amount of money levied, esp for the use of certain roads, bridges, etc, to cover the cost of maintenance
  2. (as modifier)toll road; toll bridge
loss or damage incurred through an accident, disaster, etcthe war took its toll of the inhabitants
Also called: tollage (formerly) the right to levy a toll
Also called: toll charge NZ a charge for a telephone call beyond a free-dialling area

Word Origin for toll

Old English toln; related to Old Frisian tolene, Old High German zol toll, from Late Latin telōnium customs house, from Greek telónion, ultimately from telos tax
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Idioms and Phrases with toll

toll

see take its toll.

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