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English definition of “toll”


noun     /təʊl/
[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 . road / bridge / motorway tolls 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. The death toll from the earthquake was over a toll Layoffs carry a large human and financial toll.
to take its/their toll (on sth/sb) if something takes its toll, it causes damage : The recession is taking its toll on small businesses . The building was once a model of its kind , but years of neglect have taken their toll. Stress can take a heavy toll on your health .
(Definition of toll noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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