Definition and Meanings for tell

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Tell is ranked 103 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of tell

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of tell

as. tellan, from talu tale, number, speech; akin to d. tellen to count, g. z, ohg. zellen to count, tell, say, icel. telja, dan. tale to speak, t to count. see tale that which is told ar

Meaning of tell


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money.
  • to utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.
  • to make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.
  • to give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.
  • to order; to request; to command.
  • 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.
  • to make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate.

as intransitive verb

  • to give an account; to make report.
  • to take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells.

as noun

  • that which is told; tale; account.

as noun

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