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tell - Dictionary definition and meaning for word tell

Definition
(noun) 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)
Synonyms : william tell

Definition
(verb) express in words
Synonyms : say , state
Example Sentence
  • He said that he wanted to marry her
  • tell me what is bothering you
  • state your opinion
  • state your name

Definition
(verb) let something be known
Example Sentence
  • Tell them that you will be late

Definition
(verb) narrate or give a detailed account of
Synonyms : narrate , recite , recount
Example Sentence
  • Tell what happened
  • The father told a story to his child

Definition
(verb) give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
Synonyms : enjoin , order , say
Example Sentence
  • I said to him to go home
  • She ordered him to do the shopping
  • The mother told the child to get dressed

Definition
(verb) discern or comprehend
Example Sentence
  • He could tell that she was unhappy

Definition
(verb) inform positively and with certainty and confidence
Synonyms : assure
Example Sentence
  • I tell you that man is a crook!

Definition
(verb) give evidence
Synonyms : evidence
Example Sentence
  • he was telling on all his former colleague

Definition
(verb) mark as different
Example Sentence
  • We distinguish several kinds of maple

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