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. narrate or give a detailed account of; " Tell what happened"; " The father told a story to his child"
  6. express in words; " He said that he wanted to marry her"; " tell me what is bothering you"; " state your opinion"; " state your name"
  7. 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)
  8. discern or comprehend; " He could tell that she was unhappy"
  9. let something be known; " Tell them that you will be late"
  10. 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"
  11. A hill or mound.
  12. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money.
  13. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.
  14. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.
  15. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.
  16. To order; to request; to command.
  17. 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.
  18. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate.
  19. To give an account; to make report.
  20. To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells.
  21. That which is told; tale; account.
  22. 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.
  23. To give an account; report; play the informer; take effect.
  24. Told.
  25. Telling.
  26. To number or give an account of: to utter: to narrate: to disclose: to inform: to discern: to explain.
  27. To give an account: to produce or take effect:- pa. t. and pa. p. told.
  28. To number; relate; inform; discern; explain.
  29. To produce an effect.
  30. To relate; make known; inform.
  31. To command; to bid.
  32. To utter; express.
  33. To cout; decide; ascertain.
  34. To give an account.
  35. To produce a marked effect.
  36. To utter; to communicate; to relate particulars; to inform; to disclose; to count; to number; to confess or acknowledge.
  37. 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.
  38. 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".

Quotes of tell

  1. Richard Burton rang me up once and said, Do you know you're my only leading lady I've never slept with? I said, Well, please don't tell everybody, it's the worst image. – Julie Andrews
  2. I've always had a problem with people who couldn't tell the truth or admit a mistake and say they're wrong. – Burt Bacharach
  3. Lists of books we reread and books we can't finish tell more about us than about the relative worth of the books themselves. – Russell Banks
  4. I didn't want to tell the tree or weed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature. – Wynn Bullock
  5. A lot of women say that they want to get to feeling about themselves the way I feel, because when I'm on a roll, I'm hot, I'm really good. I try to tell them, I don't have a fix. – Delta Burke
  6. To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you're impotent. She can't wait to disprove it. – Cary Grant
  7. I have to tell everyone that when I finish a film and it goes out and is released, I never look at my films again. I don't like looking back. I don't even like talking about 'em! So I'm really digging back in my memory because I don't like to sit and look at my films again. – Jim Jarmusch
  8. The only song I can sing is "Lady in Red" so that must tell you how great it must have been. – Diane Kruger
  9. I always treat each take as a rehearsal for the next take. That way you can find stuff and keep adding and playing until they tell me to stop. – Martin Landau
  10. Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret. – Mary McCarthy
  11. You're not a historian, but most historians will tell you that they make very discrete judgment as to what facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape, some length that can be managed. – Oliver Stone
  12. Men of routine or men who can do what they are told are not hard to find; but men who can think and plan and tell the routine men what to do are very rare. – William Graham Sumner
  13. But every day I tell my story, and be comfortable with my story and be comfortable with what I've done, and what I did, and how I am today, it lessens the likelihood it will ever happen. – Lawrence Taylor
  14. Whatever life we have experienced, if we can tell our story to someone who listens, we find it easier to deal with our circumstances. – Margaret J. Wheatley
  15. Someone needs to tell the truth, but it shouldn't be my job. – Thom Yorke

Usage examples for tell

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

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