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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

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt

For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.
Bo Bennett

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
Mark Twain

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

Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Margaret Thatcher
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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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