Tell meaning

tĕl
To name or number one by one; count.

Telling one's blessings; 16 windows, all told.

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A mound, especially in the Middle East, made up of the remains of a succession of previous settlements.
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To discover by observation; discern.

We could tell that he was upset.

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Tell is defined as to communicate in words.

An example of to tell is to provide someone with information about a crime scene.

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To relate a story or give an account of an event.

The sailor told of having been adrift for days.

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To reveal something that is not supposed to be revealed, especially something that someone has done wrong.

She promised not to tell on her friend.

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To have an effect or impact.

In this game every move tells.

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To enumerate; count; reckon.

To tell time.

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To give an account of (a story, etc.) in speech or writing.
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To express in words; utter; say.

To tell the truth.

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To report; announce; publish.
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To reveal; disclose; make known.

A smile that told her joy.

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To recognize; distinguish; discriminate.

Unable to tell one from the other.

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To decide; know.

One can't tell what will happen.

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To let know; inform; acquaint.

Tell me about the game.

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To request; direct; order; command.

Tell him to leave.

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To state emphatically to.

It's there, I tell you.

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To reveal.

Time will tell what became of him.

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(intransitive) To be revealed.
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(intransitive) To have an effect, especially a noticeable one; to be apparent, to be demonstrated.

Sir Gerald was moving slower; his wounds were beginning to tell.

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A reflexive, often habitual behavior, especially one occurring in a context that often features attempts at deception by persons under psychological stress (such as a poker game or police interrogation), that reveals information that the person exhibiting the behavior is attempting to withhold.
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That which is told; tale; account.
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(Internet) A private message to an individual in a chat room; a whisper.
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(archaeology) A mound, originally in the Middle East, over or consisting of the ruins of ancient settlements.
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To give an account or description (of something)
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To give evidence or be an indication (of something)
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To carry tales; reveal secrets.

To kiss and tell.

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To produce a result; be effective; have a marked effect.

Efforts that are beginning to tell.

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An unconscious movement, gesture, mannerism, etc., such as repeatedly checking one's cards or behaving nervously in some way, which unintentionally reveals information about one's hand to other players.
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Any behavior that unintentionally reveals one's unspoken thoughts or motivations.
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Esp. in the Middle East, a large mound or hill, built up gradually, covering the successive remains of ancient communities.
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All told, there were over a dozen. Can you tell time on a clock? He had untold wealth.

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I want to tell a story; I want to tell you a story.

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To convey by speech; to say.

Finally, someone told him the truth. He seems to like to tell lies.

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Please tell me how to do it.

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To order; to direct, to say to someone.

Tell him to go away.

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(intransitive) To discern, notice, identify or distinguish.

Can you tell whether those flowers are real or silk, from this distance? No, there's no way to tell.

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tell time
  • To determine the time of day indicated by the positions of the hands on a clock.
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do tell!
  • Is that a fact?.
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tell off
  • To count (persons, etc.) and separate them from the total number.
  • To rebuke severely.
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tell on
  • To have a marked, usually adverse, effect on.
  • To inform against or gossip about.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of tell

  • Middle English tellen from Old English tellan del-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Arabic tall tll in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English tellen (“to count, tell"), from Old English tellan (“to count, tell"), from Proto-Germanic *taljanÄ…, *talzijanÄ… (“to count, enumerate"), from Proto-Germanic *talÄ…, *talÇ­ (“number, counting"), from Proto-Indo-European *dol- (“calculation, fraud"). Cognate with English tally (“to count"), West Frisian telle (“to count"), West Frisian fertelle (“to tell, narrate"), Dutch tellen (“to count"), Low German tellen (“to count") and förtellen (“to tell, narrate"), Old High German zellen (German zählen, “to count"), German erzählen (“to tell, recount"), Old Norse telja (Faroese telja, “to count, tell"). More at tale.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Arabic تل (tall, “hill, elevation"), from Proto-Semitic *tall- (“hill").

    From Wiktionary