What is the meaning of Tell?


  • 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.


  • Express in words.
    • usage: "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
  • Let something be known.
    • usage: "Tell them that you will be late"
  • Narrate or give a detailed account of.
    • usage: "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"
  • Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority.
    • usage: "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
  • Discern or comprehend.
    • usage: "He could tell that she was unhappy"
  • Inform positively and with certainty and confidence.
    • usage: "I tell you that man is a crook"
  • Give evidence.
    • usage: "he was telling on all his former colleague"
  • Mark as different.
    • usage: "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
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APAWordNet. (2010). tell. Retrieved April 24, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/tell/definitions/1232517
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "tell" http://smartdefine.org/tell/definitions/1232517 (accessed April 24, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, tell, Smart Define, viewed 24 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/tell/definitions/1232517>.
MLAWordNet. "tell" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/tell/definitions/1232517>
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