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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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)

  2. 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"

  3. tell(verb)

    let something be known

    "Tell them that you will be late"

  4. tell, narrate, recount, recite(verb)

    narrate or give a detailed account of

    "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"

  5. 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"

  6. tell(verb)

    discern or comprehend

    "He could tell that she was unhappy"

  7. assure, tell(verb)

    inform positively and with certainty and confidence

    "I tell you that man is a crook!"

  8. tell, evidence(verb)

    give evidence

    "he was telling on all his former colleague"

  9. distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart(verb)

    mark as different

    "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tell(verb)

    to mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money

  2. Tell(verb)

    to utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate

  3. Tell(verb)

    to make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge

  4. Tell(verb)

    to give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform

  5. Tell(verb)

    to order; to request; to command

  6. Tell(verb)

    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

  7. Tell(verb)

    to make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate

  8. Tell(verb)

    to give an account; to make report

  9. Tell(verb)

    to take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells

  10. Tell(noun)

    that which is told; tale; account

  11. Tell(noun)

    a hill or mound


  1. Tell

    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

  1. Tell

    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

  1. Tell

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TELL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #331

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TELL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #178

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TELL' in Verbs Frequency: #24

How to pronounce TELL?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say TELL in sign language?

  1. tell


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TELL in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TELL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of TELL in a Sentence

  1. Walter Robb:

    We made some mistakes, we want to own that and tell you what we are doing about it.

  2. Jimmy Kimmel:

    You know, it’s a funny thing. We all know, like even the people who like the president know he makes things up, but still, it’s weird to hear him tell a lie that’s specifically involves you, for the record, not only was I not on the sidewalk waiting for him, opening the door to his car, I did n’t even go to his dressing room to sell hello before the show. I never do. In 15 years, I probably, I do n’t know, I’ve done it like seven times.

  3. Ruth Scully:

    He read every comment anyone would leave him. I felt like Nolan would have wanted to talk to his friends and tell them what happened.

  4. Tom Garrett:

    I will tell you that there is no way in heck that I am not going to back here in Congress representing the 5th district of Virginia because too much is at stake.

  5. Stacy Parks Miller:

    They literally delayed getting him help. And when they finally did call for help they did not tell anyone that he had fallen, when he arrived at the hospital it was too late.

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    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    • A. emanate
    • B. abase
    • C. elate
    • D. loom

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