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"
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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. tōld.—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.]
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.
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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
The numerical value of tell in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of tell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
She didn't tell me. She didn't tell me. She didn't tell me, we wouldn't be sitting here if she'd told me that.
You can't tell the NFL to quit selling beer, you can't tell the Lakers you should get your fans to care less, but you can tell youth sports parents to back off.
It just became quite a responsibility to tell the story, we felt like we wanted to tell it, and Taya said you know, if you’re going to do it, do it right, get it right, and let’s tell it now.
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Translations for tell
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- explicar, dirCatalan, Valencian
- sagen, erzählenGerman
- καταλαβαίνω, λέωGreek
- contar, decirSpanish
- kertoa, määrätä, käskeäFinnish
- abair leIrish
- innisScottish Gaelic
- הגיד, הבין, הבדיל, אמרHebrew
- raccontare, insegnare, direItalian
- 教える, 述べる, 言うJapanese
- разликува, кажуваMacedonian
- vertellen, zeggen, instruerenDutch
- различить, приказать, говорить, сказать, различатьRussian
- bagadallat, muitalit, máinnastitNorthern Sami
- tala om, säga åt, berätta, avgöra, säga, säga tillSwedish
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