Complete Definition of "tell"

wikipedia|Tell (disambiguation)
English

rank|each|between|face|175|tell|because|few|whom

Pronunciation
IPA|/tÄl/
IPA|/tel/
SAMPA|/tel/
audio|en-us-tell.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-Él|-Él

Etymology 1
OE. tellan

Verb
en-verb|tells|telling|told

  1. context|transitive|or|ditransitive To narrate.

#:I want to tell a story.
#:I want to tell you a story.

  1. transitive To pass information by speech.

#:You should tell her that you love her.

  1. transitive To instruct or inform.

#:Tell him to go away.
#:Please tell me the time.

  1. intransitive To discern, notice, identify or distinguish.

#:Can you tell whether those flowers are real or silk, from this distance?

  1. intransitive To have a marked effect

#: The mace dealt a telling blow to his right shoulder.

  1. To count or enumerate (see teller)

Synonyms
(to narrate): narrate, recount, relate

Antonyms
(to instruct or inform): ask

Translations
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Arabic: ARchar|اخبر unicode|(âáÏbara)
Bulgarian: Ñазказвам (razkazvam) (1), казвам (kazvam) (2,3), наÑеждам (nareždam) (3)
Catalan: explicar
Chinese: å訴, åè¯ (gàosù)
trreq|Czech
Dutch: vertellen, zeggen
Esperanto: rakonti
Finnish: kertoa (1,2)
French: raconter, conter
German: erzählen (1), sagen (2,3)
trreq|Hebrew
Hungarian: elmond
Ido: dicar
mid
Italian: dire, contare
Japanese: æãã (ãããã, oshieru), è¿°ã¹ã (ã®ã¹ã, noberu)
Korean: ë§íë¤ (malhada)
Kurdish: KUchar|Ú¯ÛÚاÙ
Latin: dicere|dīcere
Nahuatl: aquitoloc
Polish: mówiÄ
Portuguese: dizer
Romanian: t-|ro|spune, t+|ro|zice
Russian: ÑказаÑÑ (skazátâ)
Slovene: povedati
Spanish: decir, contar
Swedish: berätta, tala om
trreq|Turkish

Derived terms
tell all
tell-all
tell off
tell on
tell-tale
telltale

Etymology 2
From the verb tell

Noun
en-noun

  1. A give away sign, especially one used in the game of poker.

Etymology 3
From Arabic

Noun
en-noun

  1. a mound in the Middle East over or consisting of the ruins of ancient settlements

Category:200 English basic words
Category:Communication
Category:English control verbs

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