Definitions for: Tell

[n] 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)
[v] mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
[v] discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy"
[v] give instructions to or direct somebody to do something; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
[v] let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
[v] narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"
[v] give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague"
[v] express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
[v] inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Told; p. pr. & vb. n.
Telling.] [AS. tellan, from talu tale, number, speech; akin
to D. tellen to count, G. z["a]hlen, OHG. zellen to count,
tell, say, Icel. telja, Dan. tale to speak, t[ae]lle to
count. See Tale that which is told.]
1. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to
enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell
money. ``An heap of coin he told.'' --Spenser.

He telleth the number of the stars. --Ps. cxlvii.

Tell the joints of the body. --Jer. Taylor.

2. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to

Of which I shall tell all the array. --Chaucer.

And not a man appears to tell their fate. --Pope.

3. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.

Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
--Gen. xii.

4. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to
teach; to inform.

A secret pilgrimage, That you to-day promised to
tell me of? --Shak.

5. To order; to request; to command.

He told her not to be frightened. --Dickens.

6. 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. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to
estimate. [Obs.]

I ne told no dainity of her love. --Chaucer.

Note: Tell, though equivalent in some respect to speak and
say, has not always the same application. We say, to
tell truth or falsehood, to tell a number, to tell the
reasons, to tell something or nothing; but we never
say, to tell a speech, discourse, or oration, or to
tell an argument or a lesson. It is much used in
commands; as, tell me the whole story; tell me all you

To tell off, to count; to divide. --Sir W. Scott.

Syn: To communicate; impart; reveal; disclose; inform;
acquaint; report; repeat; rehearse; recite.

Tell, v. i.
1. To give an account; to make report.

That I may publish with the voice of thankgiving,
and tell of all thy wondrous works. --Ps. xxvi. 7.

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

To tell of.
(a) To speak of; to mention; to narrate or describe.
(b) To inform against; to disclose some fault of.

To tell on, to inform against. [Archaic & Colloq.]

Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David.
--1 Sam.
xxvii. 11.

Tell, n.
That which is told; tale; account. [R.]

I am at the end of my tell. --Walpole.

Tell, n. [Ar.]
A hill or mound. --W. M. Thomson.

Synonyms: assure, differentiate, distinguish, enjoin, evidence, narrate, order, recite, recount, say, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, spin, state, tell apart, William Tell

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