Adjective "tell" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Communicate information to someone in spoken or written words.
  1. with object and direct speech '‘We have nothing in common,’ she told him'
  2. with two objects 'we must be told the facts'
  3. 'She had no doubt been told of the historic reasons why the lords feel they must rule us.'
  4. 'Her mother had told her earlier that the guests would be arriving around 4.'
  5. 'Her mother tells her how wonderful everything is in the city.'
  6. 'They also told of how their son had been deeply affected by the abduction.'
  7. 'Neighbours have spoken of their shock at the incident and told of a quiet woman who kept herself to herself.'
  8. 'The owner of the chemist's shop where the armed robbery took place told of his shock and horror at the incident.'
  9. 'A North Yorkshire farmer today told of his family's despair as foot and mouth claimed his flock of sheep.'
  10. 'Eyewitnesses told of the horror of being crushed, of falling and then having other people falling on top of them.'
  11. 'Last night, her shocked brother told of how he made a desperate bid to save her.'
  12. 'The inquest was told yesterday that he complained of feeling " queasy " minutes before the tragic incident.'
  13. 'She knew she had been told to stay quiet, but she couldn't.'
  14. 'People are too intelligent for us to direct their minds and tell them go this way or that way.'
  15. 'The same lawyers told him to bring charges to a civil court and the sports court of arbitrage.'
  16. 'But the pair were unable to attend after being told to stay in hospital.'
  17. 'he tried to make the children laugh by telling jokes'
  18. 'Johns' blue eyes brighten as he tells this story, and he laughs.'
  19. 'The tale is told in flashback for no apparent reason other than to vary the storytelling approach.'
  20. 'Daddy does all kinds of voices when he tells stories and he always makes me laugh.'
  21. 'Talking about bears leads him to tell an amazing bear story, which becomes our film with Harris narrating as he tells the story.'
  22. 'Global stars they may be, but they created a warm, homely atmosphere, joking and telling stories about their family.'
  23. 'Anthony seemed to be telling a joke or story of some sort, but it was obvious that Nick's attention was elsewhere.'
  24. 'We raced the rooftops to the very edge of it where we saw a group of soldiers merrily laughing and telling stories around the fire.'
  25. 'She ate heartily as she told her tale in full and all about the quest she had set for herself.'
  26. 'She remembered her father telling her tales of pirates marooning their captains and awful things of that sort.'
  27. 'He was telling stories and jokes and had the attention of us all as he was pretty good at it.'
  28. 'The autobiographical narrator tells her story not because of her ‘mundane life’ but in spite of it.'
  29. 'He tries to tell the story in a way that relates to the modern audience.'
  30. 'The old girls sit for hours under a mango tree, threading and weaving, gossiping and telling stories.'
  31. 'Ordinary sailors and marines will also be telling their own stories, speaking to the audience from the naval vessels.'
  32. 'Once upon a time in faraway places, stories were told around campfires and hearths among family and friends.'
  33. 'She said: " Spike was a regular here and he was always telling jokes.'
  34. 'It tells the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest for the Holy Grail.'
  35. 'They sat at the table drinking the wine, telling stories and making jokes about General Hackman.'
  36. 'She tells a harrowing tale of how the owners waited until it was too late.'
  37. 'To illustrate, she tells the story of the night watchman given to practical jokes.'
  38. 'the figures tell a different story'
  39. 'The most telling fact is that I had a terrible job getting the book back from my colleagues to review.'
  40. 'However, a more telling statistic would be loss and damage rate per 1,000 weapons passes.'
  41. 'Within families a lot happens on the periphery and the most telling details are often seen out of the corner of one's eye.'
  42. 'With all the discussion about the fisheries issue, he said one telling detail is being left out.'
  43. 'Although intricate in their themes, each picture tells a thousand different stories while remaining beautifully simple.'
  44. 'The evidence of the accused tells an entirely different story, in that he says he did not arrange the marriage.'
  45. 'But closer examination of the figures tells a different story.'
  46. 'While headlines screamed of a terrifying rise in youth crime, Wood said the figures told a different story.'
  47. 'Please don't tell, because I don't want to lose readers.'
  48. 'friends don't tell on each other'
  49. 'Luckily for both of us, Tanya was not in the room at the time so she would never know about any of what happened because I knew that none of my friends were going to tell on me.'
  50. 'And then you can send off vindictive messages to the spammers, telling them you told on them.'
Decide or determine correctly or with certainty.
  1. 'I couldn't tell if he believed me'
  2. 'You can tell that they're starting to like you, that they want to trust you.'
  3. 'I can tell that they imagine that ideal job in banking is lying just around the next corner.'
  4. 'I can tell that she knows something is not quite right about the scenario she walked in on.'
  5. 'I can tell that this is going to be one of those long-winded, rambling posts about nothing at all.'
  6. 'I can tell that he loves what he does, that all his dreams are busy coming true.'
  7. 'I look at her eyes in her own rear-view mirror and I can tell that she is laughing at me.'
  8. 'From first impressions you can tell that this is a bike that has been designed with a true passion for the sport it was intended.'
  9. 'Although he's a cool, controlled character, one can tell that Scott is a little hurt by this.'
  10. 'She can tell that for once Jason is surprised and she decides that that is a good thing.'
  11. 'The muscle in his jaw clenches, and you can tell he's trying hard not to start crying.'
  12. 'Some say they can't tell the difference between two teams when they are on the other wing!'
  13. 'Personally, I can't tell the difference between diamonds and bits of clear broken glass!'
  14. 'He's the only person at the bar who can't tell the difference between beer and water.'
  15. 'It just can't tell the difference between its narrowband and broadband users.'
(of an experience or period of time) have a noticeable, typically harmful, effect on someone.
  1. 'The pressure told on both sets of players as the game got bogged down in a midfield melee with precious little invention from the teams.'
  2. 'The strain is beginning to tell on her.'
  3. 'lack of fitness told against him on his first run of the season'
  4. 'I believe one of them spoke of how her size had told against her when auditioning, even though her voice had been quite acceptable.'
Count (the members of a group)
  1. 'He told the number of school that they had established, and how they obtained their scholars.'


(especially in poker) an unconscious action that is thought to betray an attempted deception.
  1. 'Authentic tells are unbeknownst to the player and are unconscious.'
  2. 'Also, experienced pros will give out false tells to fool players.'

More definitions

1. to give an account or narrative of; narrate; relate (a story, tale, etc.): to tell the story of Lincoln's childhood.

2. to make known by speech or writing (a fact, news, information, etc.); communicate.

3. to announce or proclaim.

4. to utter (the truth, a lie, etc.).

5. to express in words (thoughts, feelings, etc.).

6. to reveal or divulge (something secret or private).

7. to say plainly or positively: I cannot tell just what was done. 8

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be tell with leaders."

"plays can be tell of backs."

"entries can be tell about ways."

"policemen can be tell by lookings."

"policemen can be tell about people."

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(tell)Old English tellan ‘relate, count, estimate’, of Germanic origin; related to German zählen ‘reckon, count’, erzählen ‘recount, relate’, also to tale.


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