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Topic: DEATH

Sense: 1-3
Origin: Old English
Sense: 4
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: TOLL2

toll

1 noun
     
toll1 [countable]
1 [usually singular]MX the number of people killed or injured in a particular accident, by a particular illness etc:
The death toll has risen to 83.
The bombings took a heavy toll, killing hundreds of Londoners.
2 a very bad effect that something has on something or someone over a long period of time
toll on
Years of smoking have taken their toll on his health.
a heavy toll on the environment
3TTR the money you have to pay to use a particular road, bridge etc
4CS the sound of a large bell ringing slowly
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