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Definition of Tell


  1. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money.
  2. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.
  3. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.
  4. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.
  5. To order; to request; to command.
  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.
  8. To give an account; to make report.
  9. To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells.
  10. That which is told; tale; account.
  11. A hill or mound.

Tell Quotations

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.
Ralph Marston

Tell me I'm clever, Tell me I'm kind, Tell me I'm talented, Tell me I'm cute, Tell me I'm sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I'm perfect - But tell me the truth.
Shel Silverstein

My mama always used to tell me: 'If you can't find somethin' to live for, you best find somethin' to die for.'
Tupac Shakur

People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you're lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.
Carrie-Anne Moss
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Tell Translations

tell in Dutch is zeggen, opgeven
tell in French is enjoindre, dire, charger, racontez, racontons
tell in Italian is narrare
tell in Latin is dico, loquor, fero tuli latum, propono
tell in Portuguese is diga, dizer
tell in Spanish is contar, decir
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