Tell - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tel|  American pronunciation of the word tell
Brit.  |tel|  British pronunciation of the word tell
irregular verb:  p.t. — told  p.p. — told


- 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)


- express in words (syn: say, state)
tell me what is bothering you
- let something be known
- narrate or give a detailed account of (syn: narrate, recite, recount)
- give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority (syn: enjoin, order, say)
- discern or comprehend
He could tell that she was unhappy
- inform positively and with certainty and confidence (syn: assure)
I tell you that man is a crook!
- give evidence (syn: evidence)
he was telling on all his former colleague
- mark as different (syn: differentiate, distinguish, separate)

Extra examples

He told us the story.

Has she told you the good news, yet?

Please tell us your name and occupation.

She looked at the palm of my hand and told me my fortune.

If you see her, tell her hello for me.

I promise not to tell anyone.

I can't tell you because it's a secret.

He could think one thing, and tell another.

She never told her love.

I was going to tell father on him

They got on well despite the fact that they always told on each other.

They did not do it, I tell you.

They told us to wait.

You can tell it's a masterpiece.

I wish someone had told me the meeting was canceled.

Phrasal verbs

tell off  — reprimand
tell on  — give away information about somebody

Word forms

I/you/we/they: tell
he/she/it: tells
present participle: telling
past tense: told
past participle: told
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