Definitions for telltɛl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(v.t.)to narrate or relate (a story, tale, etc.).
to make known (a fact, news, information, etc.); communicate.
to announce or proclaim.
to utter (the truth, a lie, etc.); speak.
to express in words (thoughts, feelings, etc.).
to reveal or divulge (something secret or private).
to say positively:
I can't tell just when I'll be done.
to discern or recognize; identify:
to tell twins apart.
to inform (a person) of something:
He told me his name.
to order or command:
Tell her to stop.
to enumerate; count.
(v.i.)to give an account or report.
to give evidence; be an indication.
to disclose something secret or private:
Will you hate me if I tell?
to say positively; determine or predict:
It may be the same shade, but I can't tell.
to produce a marked effect.
tell off, to rebuke severely; scold.
Category: Verb Phrase, Informal
tell on, to tattle on.
Category: Verb Phrase
Idioms for tell:
tell it like it is,Informal. to be blunt and forthright.
Origin of tell:
bef. 900; ME tellen, OE tellan to relate, count, c. OFris talia, tella, OS tellian, OHG zellen, ON telja; akin to tale
an artificial mound consisting of the accumulated remains of one or more ancient settlements (often used in Egypt and the Middle East as part of a place name).
Origin of tell:
1860–65; < Ar tall hillock
Ref: William Tell.
Tell, William Tell(verb)
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)
state, say, tell(verb)
express in words
"He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
let something be known
"Tell them that you will be late"
tell, narrate, recount, recite(verb)
narrate or give a detailed account of
"Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"
order, tell, enjoin, say(verb)
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"
discern or comprehend
"He could tell that she was unhappy"
inform positively and with certainty and confidence
"I tell you that man is a crook!"
"he was telling on all his former colleague"
distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart(verb)
mark as different
"We distinguish several kinds of maple"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to give information to sb by speaking to them
Have you told her the truth yet?; Tell me how much money you need.; I told them (that) I was happy.; I won't tell anyone else about it.
to reveal information or indicate sth
Her scores tell us she's an above average student.; Dark skies told us a storm was coming.
to say the words of a story or joke
Mom always tells us a story at bedtime.
to give an instruction or order
Do what your mother tells you.; Don't tell me what to do.
to be able to recognize or identify sth
I could tell she was about to cry.; To me it's impossible to tell one impressionist artist from another.; How do you tell which twin is Joe and which is Dan?
to affect sb or sth
The years in the mines were beginning to tell.
used to say that what you told sb before was correct
I told you, it's tomorrow, not today.
indicates you have a suggestion to make
Tell you what, let's get some ice cream instead.
indicates you suspect that sth is true or is going to happen
Something tells me we'll never get that money back.
indicates you are also experiencing sth bad sb has just mentioned
"I have way too much work to do." "Tell me about it."
to be able to understand what a clock or watch shows
They're learning to tell time.
to mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money
to utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate
to make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge
to give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform
to order; to request; to command
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
to make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate
to give an account; to make report
to take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells
that which is told; tale; account
a hill or mound
A tell or tel, is a type of archaeological mound created by human occupation and abandonment of a geographical site over many centuries. A classic tell looks like a low, truncated cone with a flat top and sloping sides.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a fertile strip of land of 47 m. of average breadth in North-West Africa, between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea; produces cereals, wine, &c.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'tell' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #331
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'tell' in Written Corpus Frequency: #178
Rank popularity for the word 'tell' in Verbs Frequency: #24
Translations for tell
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to inform or give information to (a person) about (something)
He told the whole story to John; He told John about it.
- dizerPortuguese (BR)
- λέω, πληροφορώGreek
- شرح دادن؛ آگاه کردنFarsi
- reći, pripovjedatiCroatian
- segja/greina (frá)Icelandic
- dire, raccontareItalian
- papasakoti, pasakytiLithuanian
- stāstīt; teiktLatvian
- fortelle, si, meddeleNorwegian
- a povesti; a spuneRomanian
- tala om, berättaSwedish
- 告訴Chinese (Trad.)
- розповідати; сказатиUkrainian
- kể, cho biếtVietnamese
- 告诉Chinese (Simp.)
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