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WordNet 2.0
  • 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)
  • mark as different
  • "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
  • discern or comprehend
  • "He could tell that she was unhappy"
  • 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"
  • let something be known
  • "Tell them that you will be late"
  • narrate or give a detailed account of
  • "Tell what happened"
  • "The father told a story to his child"
  • give evidence
  • "he was telling on all his former colleague"
  • express in words
  • "He said that he wanted to marry her"
  • "tell me what is bothering you"
  • "state your opinion"
  • "state your name"
  • inform positively and with certainty and confidence
  • "I tell you that man is a crook!"
tell
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money. "An heap of coin he told." Spenser.

    "He telleth the number of the stars." -- Ps. cxlvii. 4.

    "Tell the joints of the body." -- Jer. Taylor.

    2. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.

    "Of which I shall tell all the array." -- Chaucer.

    "And not a man appears to tell their fate." -- Pope.

    3. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.

    "Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?" -- Gen. xii. 18.

    4. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.

    "A secret pilgrimage, That you to-day promised to tell me of?" -- Shak.

    5. To order; to request; to command.

    "He told her not to be frightened." -- Dickens.

    6. 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.

    7. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate. [Obs.]

    "I ne told no dainity of her love." -- Chaucer.

    [MORE]
    Tell, though equivalent in some respect to speak and say, has not always the same application. We say, to tell truth or falsehood, to tell a number, to tell the reasons, to tell something or nothing; but we never say, to tell a speech, discourse, or oration, or to tell an argument or a lesson. It is much used in commands; as, tell me the whole story; tell me all you know.

    To tell off
    to count; to divide. Sir W. Scott.

    Syn. -- To communicate; impart; reveal; disclose; inform; acquaint; report; repeat; rehearse; recite.

  • 1. To give an account; to make report.

    "That I may publish with the voice of thankgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works." -- Ps. xxvi. 7.

    2. To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells.

    To tell of
    (a) To speak of; to mention; to narrate or describe. (b) To inform against; to disclose some fault of.

    To tell on
    to inform against. [Archaic & Colloq.]

    "Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David." -- 1 Sam. xxvii. 11.

  • 1. That which is told; tale; account. [R.]

    "I am at the end of my tell." -- Walpole.

  • 1. A hill or mound. W. M. Thomson.

 

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