tell meaning

[ tel ] Pronunciation:   "tell" in a sentence
Verb: tell (told)  tel
  1. Express in words
    "tell me what is bothering you"
    - state, say 
  2. Let something be known
    "Tell them that you will be late" 
  3. Narrate or give a detailed account of
    "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"
    - narrate, recount, recite 
  4. Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    "The mother told the child to get dressed"
    - order, enjoin, say 
  5. Discern or comprehend
    "He could tell that she was unhappy" 
  6. Inform positively and with certainty and confidence
    "I tell you that man is a crook!"
    - assure 
  7. Give evidence
    "he was telling on all his former colleague"
    - evidence 
  8. Mark as different
    - distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise [Brit], tell apart
Noun: Tell  tel
  1. 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)
    - William Tell

Derived forms: told, telling, tells

See also: tale, tell apart, tell off, teller, telling

Type of: affirm, archer, assert, aver, avow, bowman, express, give tongue to, guess, identify, infer, inform, place, request, swan, swear, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize, verify

Encyclopedia: Tell Tell, Texas


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  1. so that i may tell you decisively.
  2. he wanted to tell the news to the world.
  3. my parents taught me never to tell lies.
  4. pray tell me in what way i can reward you.
  5. let 's tell the noses and call it a day ..

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