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tell

noun

1 Tell

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).

synonym: William Tell.



verb

1 tell

Express in words:
— Tell me what is bothering you.

synonyms: say, state.

Roget 529: disclose, discover, dismask; draw the veil, draw aside the veil, lift the veil, raise the veil, lift up the veil, remove the veil, tear aside the veil, tear the curtain; unmask, unveil, unfold, ... show more

Roget 175: have influence etc. n.; be influential etc. adj.; carry weight, weigh, tell; have a hold upon, magnetize, bear upon, gain a footing, work upon; ... show more

Roget 582: speak of; say, utter, pronounce, deliver, give utterance to; utter forth, pour forth; breathe, let fall, come out with; rap out, blurt out have on one's lips; have at the end of one's tongue, ... show more

Roget 467: be evidence etc. n.; evince, show, betoken, tell of; indicate etc. (denote) 550; imply, involve, ... show more

Roget 527: tell; inform, inform of; acquaint, acquaint with; impart, impart to; make acquaintance with, apprise, advise, enlighten, awaken; transmit.    ... show more

Roget 731: succeed; be successful etc. adj.; gain one's end, gain one's ends; crown with success.    gain a point, attain a point, carry a point, secure a point, win a point, win an object; get there [U.S.]; ... show more

2 tell

Let something be known.

Dutch: mededelen, meedelen, waarschuwen

3 tell

Narrate or give a detailed account of:
— Tell what happened.

synonyms: narrate, recite, recount.

Roget 594: describe; set forth etc. (state) 535; draw a picture, picture; portray etc. (represent) 554; characterize, particularize; ... show more

Roget 85: number, count, tally, tell; call over, run over; take an account of, enumerate, muster, poll, recite, recapitulate; sum; ... show more

Dutch: zeggen, vertellen, verhalen, navertellen, oververtellen

4 tell

Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority.

synonyms: enjoin, order, say.

Dutch: bevelen

5 tell

Discern or comprehend.

Dutch: instrueren

6 tell

Inform positively and with certainty and confidence:
— I tell you that man is a crook!.

synonym: assure.

7 tell

Give evidence:
— He was telling on all his former colleague.

synonym: evidence.

8 tell

Mark as different.

synonyms: differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell apart.

Dutch: onderscheiden, uiteenhouden


Moby thesaurus: acknowledge, acquaint, admit, advertise, advertise of, advise, affect, air, allegorize, amount to something, announce, apprise, approve, argue, articulate, ascertain, assert, asseverate, attest, aver ... show more.

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