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  Definition of tell
  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)
  2. mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
  3. discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy"
  4. 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"
  5. let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
  6. narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"
  7. give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague"
  8. express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
  9. inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!"
Similar Words: Tell, William Tell, distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell apart, order, enjoin, say, narrate, recount, recite, evidence, state, assure

 

See Also: tell off, brush down, recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apart

 

Hyponyms: know, discriminate, know apart, label, individualize, individualise, contrast, severalize, severalise, contradistinguish, decouple, dissociate, demarcate, separate, single out, stratify, direct, instruct, command, require, compel, call, send for, warn, digress, stray, divagate, wander, bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, impart, break, give away, let out, spill, talk, publicize, publicise, air, bare, repeat, reiterate, ingeminate, iterate, restate, retell, propagandize, propagandise, announce, annunciate, harbinger, foretell, herald, leave, give, pass on, relate, crack, yarn, rhapsodize, rhapsodise, present, represent, lay out, misstate, answer, reply, respond, precede, preface, premise, introduce, declare, articulate, enunciate, vocalize, vocalise, get out, note, observe, mention, remark, add, append, supply, explain, summarize, summarise, sum, sum up

 

Grouped Verbs: say

 

Entailments: compare

 

Derivational Morphology: deviation, divergence, departure, difference, differentiation, distinction, differentiator, discriminator, injunction, decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript, narrative, narration, story, tale, recital, yarn, relation, telling, recounting, narrator, storyteller, teller, evidence, tattle, singing, apprisal, notification, say, affirmation, assertion, statement

 

Anagrams: LTTE

 

Language Translations:
Bulgarian: разказвам   Catalan: explicar  
Chinese: 告訴   Dutch: vertellen  
Esperanto: rakonti   Finnish: kertoa  
French: raconter   German: erzählen  
Hungarian: elmond   Ido: dicar  
Italian: dire   Japanese: 教える  
Korean: 말하다   Latin: dicere  
Polish: mówić   Portuguese: dizer  
Romanian: spune   Russian: сказать  
Slovene: povedati   Spanish: decir  
Swedish: berätta  
 
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