Definitions of tell

  1. inform positively and with certainty and confidence; " I tell you that man is a crook!"
  2. mark as different; " We distinguish several kinds of maple"
  3. 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"
  4. give evidence; " he was telling on all his former colleague"
  5. express in words; " He said that he wanted to marry her"; " tell me what is bothering you"; " state your opinion"; " state your name"
  6. 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)
  7. discern or comprehend; " He could tell that she was unhappy"
  8. let something be known; " Tell them that you will be late"
  9. 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"
  10. A hill or mound.
  11. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money.
  12. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.
  13. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.
  14. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.
  15. To order; to request; to command.
  16. 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.
  17. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate.
  18. To give an account; to make report.
  19. To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells.
  20. That which is told; tale; account.
  21. To count; to mention one by one; as, to tell one's beads; to disclose; to relate; to inform; to express or make known by words; narrate; explain; decide; as, I cannot tell what is best to do; order; confess; recognize; as, I cannot tell who she is at this distance.
  22. To give an account; report; play the informer; take effect.
  23. Told.
  24. Telling.
  25. To number or give an account of: to utter: to narrate: to disclose: to inform: to discern: to explain.
  26. To give an account: to produce or take effect:- pa. t. and pa. p. told.
  27. To number; relate; inform; discern; explain.
  28. To produce an effect.
  29. To relate; make known; inform.
  30. To command; to bid.
  31. To utter; express.
  32. To give an account.
  33. To produce a marked effect.
  34. To utter; to communicate; to relate particulars; to inform; to disclose; to count; to number; to confess or acknowledge.
  35. To give an account; to make report; to produce effect; to publish; to discern. To tell off, to count off or divide a regiment or company.
  36. To express in words; to utter; to relate; to reveal; to betray; to publish; to explain; to give an account; to count; to number; to teach; to produce an effect, as " every word told".

Usage examples for tell

  1. Tell them a' aboot it. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  2. I'll tell you all I know. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  3. You will, I tell you! – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  4. " Oh, I can't tell you. – Lonesome Land by B. M. Bower
  5. Don't tell me what! – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  6. " I will tell you," he said. – The Crooked House by Brandon Fleming
  7. And what did you tell them? – The Opinions of a Philosopher by Robert Grant
  8. " You must tell it," he said. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  9. I must do what you tell me. – A Man of Mark by Anthony Hope
  10. I will not see him- go- tell him so. – In the Day of Adversity by John Bloundelle-Burton
  11. But why don't you do what I tell you? – The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
  12. Tell me, where is the key? – The Cry at Midnight by Mildred A. Wirt
  13. " Yes," said Mr. Eberstein; " now you'll have to go on and tell." – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  14. No, he won't tell- a scoundrel. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  15. But don't tell him so. – Police!!! by Robert W. Chambers
  16. So you won't tell me who you are? – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  17. How are we to tell her? – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  18. You tell us, Kinch. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  19. Didn't you tell me to find the pin? – The Diamond Pin by Carolyn Wells