2007 Three Gorges Dam Exacts Its Toll
Three Gorges Dam Exacts Its Toll
verb [T] FORMAL
to demand and obtain something, sometimes using force, threats or persuasion, or to make something necessary:
to exact revenge on someone
The blackmailers exacted a total of $100 000 from their victims.
Heart surgery exacts tremendous skill and concentration.
demanding a lot of effort, care or attention:
an exacting training schedule
suffering, deaths or damage:
Independent sources say that the death toll from the earthquake runs into thousands.
take its/their/a toll
If something takes its/their/a toll, it causes suffering, deaths or damage:
The problems of the past few months have taken their toll on her health and there are shadows beneath her eyes.
The deepening recession has also taken its toll in the south of the country, where unemployment is rife.