Meaning of “toll” in the English Dictionary

"toll" in British English

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uk /təʊl/ us /toʊl/

tollverb [ I or T ]

uk /təʊl/ us /toʊl/

(Definition of “toll” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"toll" in American English

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us /toʊl/

toll noun (MONEY)

[ C ] an amount of money that you have to pay to travel along some main roads, to cross bridges, etc., or to make telephone calls over long distances:

They’re raising the bridge toll to $5.00.
The number you dialed is a toll callplease deposit an additional fifty cents.

toll noun (SUFFERING)

[ U ] a high degree of suffering or damage:

In addition to the physical destruction caused by the flooding, the emotional toll on its victims was immense.

tollverb [ I/T ]

us /toʊl/

toll verb [ I/T ] (RING)

(of a large bell) to ring slowly and repeatedly, or to cause a large bell to ring in this way:

[ I ] The town hall bell tolled at noon.

(Definition of “toll” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"toll" in Business English

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uk /təʊl/ us

[ 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 million.
financial/economic/emotional 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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)