tell

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: tell

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v
narrate or give a detailed account of
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v
discern or comprehend
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v
mark as different
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: tell
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v narrate or give a detailed account of

“The father told a story to his child”
Synonyms:
narrate, recite, recount
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relate
give an account of
crack
tell spontaneously
yarn
tell or spin a yarn
rhapsodise, rhapsodize
recite a rhapsody
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v express in words

tell me what is bothering you”
Synonyms:
say, state
say
state as one's opinion or judgement; declare
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lay out, present, represent
bring forward and present to the mind
misstate
state something incorrectly
answer, reply, respond
react verbally
introduce, precede, preface, premise
furnish with a preface or introduction
announce, declare
announce publicly or officially
articulate, enunciate, vocalise, vocalize
express or state clearly
get out
express with difficulty
declare
state emphatically and authoritatively
declare
make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official
mention, note, observe, remark
make mention of
add, append, supply
state or say further
explain
define
give
convey or reveal information
sum, sum up, summarise, summarize
be a summary of
plead
enter a plea, as in courts of law
profess
confess one's faith in, or allegiance to
argue, reason
present reasons and arguments
argue, indicate
give evidence of
call back
return or repeat a telephone call
counter
speak in response
field
answer adequately or successfully
sass
answer back in an impudent or insolent manner
come back, rejoin, repay, retort, return, riposte
answer back
condemn
declare or judge unfit for use or habitation
promulgate
put a law into effect by formal declaration
bless, consecrate, hallow, sanctify
render holy by means of religious rites
account, answer for
furnish a justifying analysis or explanation
advise, propose, suggest
make a proposal, declare a plan for something
assure, promise
make a promise or commitment
promise
promise to undertake or give
take the Fifth, take the Fifth Amendment
refuse to testify by invoking the Fifth Amendment, which states that nobody may be forced to testify as a witness against himself or herself
preamble
make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document
prologise, prologize, prologuize
write or speak a prologue
condemn, doom, sentence
pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
spin
twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
exclaim, proclaim, promulgate
state or announce
profess
state freely
affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
depone, depose, swear
make a deposition; declare under oath
attest, bear witness, take the stand, testify
give testimony in a court of law
quote
name the price of
insert, slip in, sneak in, stick in
insert casually
toss in
add casually to a conversation
decree
issue a decree
animadvert, opine, sound off, speak out, speak up
express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation
bridle
respond to the reins, as of horses
comment, notice, point out, remark
make or write a comment on
count out
declare the loser
cast
deposit
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express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

v let something be known

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digress, divagate, stray, wander
lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal
be a signal for or a symptom of
break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap
make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
spill, talk
reveal information
air, bare, publicise, publicize
make public
ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell
to say, state, or perform again
propagandise, propagandize
subject to propaganda
announce, annunciate, foretell, harbinger, herald
foreshadow or presage
give, impart, leave, pass on
transmit (knowledge or skills)
blackwash
bring (information) out of concealment
augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
indicate by signs
mark
designate as if by a mark
convey
make known; pass on, of information
muckrake
explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures
blow
cause to be revealed and jeopardized
out
reveal (something) about somebody's identity or lifestyle
come out, come out of the closet, out
to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality
spring
produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly
betray, bewray
reveal unintentionally
confide
reveal in private; tell confidentially
leak
tell anonymously
babble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, talk, tattle
divulge confidential information or secrets
hype
publicize in an exaggerated and often misleading manner
bulletin
make public by bulletin
perseverate
psychology: repeat a response after the cessation of the original stimulus
ditto
repeat an action or statement
dwell, harp
come back to
interpret, render, translate
restate (words) from one language into another language
paraphrase, rephrase, reword
express the same message in different words
bring out, issue, publish, put out, release
prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
cause to become widely known
air, beam, broadcast, send, transmit
broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
resume, sum up, summarise, summarize
give a summary (of)
cite, quote
repeat a passage from
reveal
disclose directly or through prophets
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v inform positively and with certainty and confidence

“I tell you that man is a crook!”
Synonyms:
assure
Type of:
affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

v give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

“The mother told the child to get dressed”
Synonyms:
enjoin, order, say
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direct
command with authority
instruct
give instructions or directions for some task
command, require
make someone do something
call, send for
order, request, or command to come
warn
ask to go away
charge
instruct or command with authority
charge
instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
burden, charge, saddle
impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
requisition
make a formal request for official services
cite, summon, summons
call in an official matter, such as to attend court
beep
call, summon, or alert with a beeper
call back, recall
summon to return
call in
summon to a particular activity or employment
lift
call to stop the hunt or to retire, as of hunting dogs
muster
call to duty, military service, jury duty, etc.
disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto
command against
hail
call for
summon
ask to come
stet
printing: direct that a matter marked for omission or correction is to be retained (used in the imperative)
call up, mobilise, mobilize, rally
call to arms; of military personnel
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request
ask (a person) to do something

v give evidence

“he was telling on all his former colleague”
Synonyms:
evidence
Type of:
inform
act as an informer
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v discern or comprehend

“He could tell that she was unhappy”
Type of:
guess, infer
guess correctly; solve by guessing
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v mark as different

Synonyms:
differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell apart
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know
be able to distinguish, recognize as being different
discriminate, know apart
recognize or perceive the difference
label
distinguish (an element or atom) by using a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass for tracing through chemical reactions
label
distinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom
sex
tell the sex (of young chickens)
individualise, individualize
make or mark or treat as individual
contrast
put in opposition to show or emphasize differences
severalise, severalize
distinguish or separate
contradistinguish
distinguish by contrasting qualities
decouple, dissociate
regard as unconnected
demarcate
separate clearly, as if by boundaries
discriminate, separate, single out
treat differently on the basis of sex or race
stratify
divide society into social classes or castes
insulate, isolate
place or set apart
subtilize
mark fine distinctions and subtleties, as among words
hive off
remove from a group and make separate
segregate
separate by race or religion; practice a policy of racial segregation
redline
discriminate in selling or renting housing in certain areas of a neighborhood
disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
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identify, place
recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something
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