1. [ verb ] express an idea, etc. in words
Synonyms: say state

"He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion"

Related terms: express add give answer note declare declare present announce explain get_out play_down preface articulate sum misstate declare say statement narrator affirmation
2. [ verb ] let something be known

"Tell them that you will be late"

Related terms: inform bespeak repeat disclose impart talk publicize announce digress propagandize tell_off
3. [ verb ] narrate or give a detailed account of
Synonyms: recount recite spin narrate

"Tell what happened" "The father told a story to his child"

Related terms: inform relate yarn crack rhapsodize narration narration narrator recital narration relation
4. [ verb ] give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
Synonyms: order say enjoin

"I said to him to go home" "She ordered him to do the shopping" "The mother told the child to get dressed"

Related terms: request call direct command instruct warn injunction
5. [ verb ] discern or comprehend

"He could tell that she was unhappy"

Related terms: guess
6. [ verb ] inform positively and with certainty and confidence
Synonyms: assure

"I tell you that man is a crook!"

Related terms: affirm
7. [ verb ] give evidence
Synonyms: evidence demonstrate ascertain

"he was telling on all his former colleague"

Related terms: confirm inform recognize evidence
8. [ verb ] mark as different
Synonyms: distinguish separate differentiate severalise secernate tell_apart severalize secern

"We distinguish several kinds of maple"

Related terms: identify contrast discriminate contrast label demarcate stratify discriminate label know contradistinguish severalize dissociate individualize sex differentiation differentiator compare
9. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 19930
10. [ noun ] 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)
Synonyms: William_Tell
Related terms: archer
Similar spelling:   telly