tell  

  • Pronunciation of tell: T EH1 L

  • Number of syllables of tell: 1

  • Pronunciation Video of tell

  • Definition of tell

    • (n): 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)  
    • (v): mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"  
    • (v): discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"  
    • (v): narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"  
    • (v): give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague"  
    • (v): express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"  
    • (v): inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!"  

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