[ UK /tˈɛl/ ]
[ US /ˈtɛɫ/ ]
  1. give evidence
    he was telling on all his former colleague
  2. discern or comprehend
    He could tell that she was unhappy
  3. mark as different
    We distinguish several kinds of maple
  4. 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
  5. narrate or give a detailed account of
    The father told a story to his child
    Tell what happened
  6. inform positively and with certainty and confidence
    I tell you that man is a crook!
  7. express in words
    state your name
    He said that he wanted to marry her
    state your opinion
    tell me what is bothering you
  8. let something be known
    Tell them that you will be late
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How To Use tell In A Sentence

  • Intellectual Dublin seemed no longer to consist of writers, but of folk singers, bearded or otherwise.
  • I badly wanted the job, but knew that my age would probably tell against me.
  • The affinities between music and poetry have been familiar since antiquity, though they are largely ignored in the current intellectual climate.
  • The BBC never tires of telling us how passionately it seeks the interest and participation of the public in its political output, particularly the young.
  • The little divil that stole the dog-team an 'wint over the Pass in the dead o' winter for to see where the world come to an ind on the ither side, just because old Matt McCarthy was afther tellin 'her fairy stories? CHAPTER I
  • Don't break in when he is telling the story.
  • She was carrying her overnight case and a basket of dried flowers-statice, strawflower, and immortelle in the pastel colors referred to in seed catalogues as "art shades": fawn, apricot, mauve, and pale yellow. Incubus
  • No, Jack won't have nobody tell him what he can't ever be, even if he weren't born with a silver spoon in one end and an Harley Street hooter up the other. Jack Scallywag
  • I can, however tell you that AB is absolutely freaking awesome!! What I've been doing this morning...
  • We had a gam one day, on this voyage, with a Yankee whale-ship, and a first-rate gam it was, for, as the Yankee had gammed three days before with another English ship, we got a lot of news second-hand; and, as we had not seen a new face for many months, we felt towards those Yankees like brothers, and swallowed all they had to tell us like men starving for news. Fighting the Whales
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