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Definitions of tell

  1. inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son's head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. 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
  11. A hill or mound. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To order; to request; to command. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. 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
  18. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To give an account; to make report. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. That which is told; tale; account. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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.
  23. To give an account; report; play the informer; take effect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. Told. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. Telling. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. To number; relate; inform; discern; explain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  29. To produce an effect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  30. To relate; make known; inform. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. To command; to bid. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. To utter; express. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. To cout; decide; ascertain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. To give an account. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. To produce a marked effect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. To utter; to communicate; to relate particulars; to inform; to disclose; to count; to number; to confess or acknowledge. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. To give an account; to make report; to produce effect; to publish; to discern. To tell off, to count off or divide a regiment or company. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  38. 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.
  39. tel, v.t. to number or give an account of: to utter: to narrate: to disclose: to inform: to discern: to explain.--v.i. to give an account: to produce or take effect: to chat, gossip: to tell tales, play the informer:--pa.t. and pa.p. t[=o]ld.--adj. TELL'ABLE, capable of being told.--ns. TELL'ER, one who tells or counts: a clerk whose duty it is to receive and pay money; TELL'ERSHIP, the office of a teller.--p.adj. TELL'ING, having great effect.--adv. TELL'INGLY, in a telling or effective manner.--n. TELL'-TALE, one who tells tales: one who officiously tells the private concerns of others: an indication or an indicator, as an automatic instrument: a bird of genus Totanus, a tattler.--adj. given to reveal secrets, blabbing: apparent, openly seen: giving warning.--TELL OFF, to count off: to detach on some special duty. [A.S. tellan; Ice. telja, Ger. zählen, to number.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  40. (told). Relate in spoken or written words, as t. me a tale, a story; make known, divulge, state, express in words, as t. me what you want, t. me all about it, will t. you a secret, t. that to the (HORSE) marines, told him my candid opinion, t. me your name, t. TALES (out of school), cannot t. you how glad I was, t. FORTUNES; utter, as you told me a lie, a Story, are you telling the truth?; give information or description, as told me of or about his difficulties, he told of foreign lands; decide, determine, as how do you t. which button to press?; distinguish, as cannot t. them apart, him from his brother; (childish) don\'t t. on (inform against) me; assure, as I cant. you, it is not so easy; produce marked effect, as every blow tells, strain begins to t. on him, whence telling a., tellingly adv.; count (votes esp. in H. of Commons, one\'s BEADs; we were 15 men all told; t. a hundred; tells over his gold every night); t. off, count off, detach, for duty, as 6 of us were, I was, told off to get fuel. Hence tellable a. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  41. t. it not in Gath, let it (i.e. disaster, disgrace, &c.) not come to the ears of those who would rejoice over it (usu. joc., w. ref. to 2 Sam. i. 20). Concise Oxford Dictionary

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