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Definitions of tell

  1. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To order; to request; to command. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To discern so as to report; to ascertain by observing; to find out; to discover; as, I can not tell where one color ends and the other begins. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To count; to mention one by one; as, to tell one's beads; to disclose; to relate; to inform; to express or make known by words; narrate; explain; decide; as, I cannot tell what is best to do; order; confess; recognize; as, I cannot tell who she is at this distance. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To number or give an account of: to utter: to narrate: to disclose: to inform: to discern: to explain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To number; relate; inform; discern; explain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To command; to bid. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. To utter; express. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. To give an account; to make report. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To give an account; report; play the informer; take effect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. To give an account: to produce or take effect:-pa.t. and pa.p. told. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. To produce an effect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. To give an account. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. To produce a marked effect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. To express in words; to utter; to relate; to reveal; to betray; to publish; to explain; to give an account; to count; to number; to teach; to produce an effect, as "every word told". Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. Telling. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. A hill or mound. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. That which is told; tale; account. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Told. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for tell

  1. Tell them a' aboot it. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  2. I'll tell you all I know. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
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