- Told is defined as to have communicated.
An example of told is to have given someone the details for a party.
all (being) counted; in all: there were forty all told
Past tense and past participle of tell1.
- Simple past tense and past participle of tell.
Variant of tell
transitive verbtold, telling
- to enumerate; count; reckon: to tell time
- to give an account of (a story, etc.) in speech or writing
- to express in words; utter; say: to tell the truth
- to report; announce; publish
- to reveal; disclose; make known: a smile that told her joy
- to recognize; distinguish; discriminate: unable to tell one from the other
- to decide; know: one can't tell what will happen
- to let know; inform; acquaint: tell me about the game
- to request; direct; order; command: tell him to leave
- to state emphatically to: it's there, I tell you
Origin of tellMiddle English tellen ; from Old English tellan, literally , to calculate, reckon ; from Germanic an unverified form taljan from source German zahl, number: see tale
- to give an account or description (of something)
- to give evidence or be an indication (of something)
- to carry tales; reveal secrets: to kiss and tell
- to produce a result; be effective; have a marked effect: efforts that are beginning to tell
Informal is that a fact?: often used sarcastically
- to count (persons, etc.) and separate them from the total number
- Informal to rebuke severely
- to have a marked, usually adverse, effect on
- Informal to inform against or gossip about