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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tell \Tell\ (t[e^]l), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Told} (t[=o]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Telling}.] [AS. tellan, from talu tale, number, speech; akin to D. tellen to count, G. z[aum]hlen, OHG. zellen to count, tell, say, Icel. telja, Dan. tale to speak, t[ae]lle to count. See {Tale} that which is told.]

1. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money. "An heap of coin he told." --Spenser.

He telleth the number of the stars. --Ps. cxlvii. 4.

Tell the joints of the body. --Jer. Taylor.

2. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.

Of which I shall tell all the array. --Chaucer.

And not a man appears to tell their fate. --Pope.

3. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.

Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? --Gen. xii. 18.

4. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.

A secret pilgrimage, That you to-day promised to tell me of? --Shak.

5. To order; to request; to command.

He told her not to be frightened. --Dickens.

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. [Obs.]

I ne told no dainity of her love. --Chaucer.

Note: Tell, though equivalent in some respect to speak and say, has not always the same application. We say, to tell truth or falsehood, to tell a number, to tell the reasons, to tell something or nothing; but we never say, to tell a speech, discourse, or oration, or to tell an argument or a lesson. It is much used in commands; as, tell me the whole story; tell me all you know.

{To tell off}, to count; to divide. --Sir W. Scott.

Syn: To communicate; impart; reveal; disclose; inform; acquaint; report; repeat; rehearse; recite.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tell \Tell\, verb (used without an object)

1. To give an account; to make report.

That I may publish with the voice of thankgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. --Ps. xxvi. 7.

2. To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells.

{To tell of}. (a) To speak of; to mention; to narrate or describe. (b) To inform against; to disclose some fault of.

{To tell on}, to inform against. [Archaic & Colloq.]

Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David. --1 Sam. xxvii. 11.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tell \Tell\, noun That which is told; tale; account. [R.]

I am at the end of my tell. --Walpole.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tell \Tell\, noun [Ar.] A hill or mound. --W. M. Thomson.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Tell

noun

1: 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) [syn: {Tell}, {William Tell}]

verb

1: express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name" [syn: {state}, {say}, {tell}]

2: let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"

3: narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child" [syn: {tell}, {narrate}, {recount}, {recite}]

4: give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed" [syn: {order}, {tell}, {enjoin}, {say}]

5: discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy"

6: inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!" [syn: {assure}, {tell}]

7: give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague" [syn: {tell}, {evidence}]

8: mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple" [syn: {distinguish}, {separate}, {differentiate}, {secern}, {secernate}, {severalize}, {severalise}, {tell}, {tell apart}]


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