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Meaning & Definition of Tell in English

English

Tell

/tɛl/

noun

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)
    synonym:
  • Tell
  • ,
  • William Tell

verb

1. Express in words

  • "He said that he wanted to marry her"
  • "Tell me what is bothering you"
  • "State your opinion"
  • "State your name"
    synonym:
  • state
  • ,
  • say
  • ,
  • tell

2. Let something be known

  • "Tell them that you will be late"
    synonym:
  • tell

3. Narrate or give a detailed account of

  • "Tell what happened"
  • "The father told a story to his child"
    synonym:
  • tell
  • ,
  • narrate
  • ,
  • recount
  • ,
  • recite

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"
    synonym:
  • order
  • ,
  • tell
  • ,
  • enjoin
  • ,
  • say

5. Discern or comprehend

  • "He could tell that she was unhappy"
    synonym:
  • tell

6. Inform positively and with certainty and confidence

  • "I tell you that man is a crook!"
    synonym:
  • assure
  • ,
  • tell

7. Give evidence

  • "He was telling on all his former colleague"
    synonym:
  • tell
  • ,
  • evidence

8. Mark as different

  • "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
    synonym:
  • distinguish
  • ,
  • separate
  • ,
  • differentiate
  • ,
  • secern
  • ,
  • secernate
  • ,
  • severalize
  • ,
  • severalise
  • ,
  • tell
  • ,
  • tell apart

Examples of using

If I see Tom, I'll tell him that you're looking for him.
If I see Tom, I'll tell him that.
If I knew where Tom was, I'd tell you.