HyperDic: tell

English > 9 senses of the word Tell / tell:
VERBcommunicationtell, state, sayexpress in words / words
communicationtelllet something be known
communicationtell, narrate, recount, recitenarrate or give a detailed account of
communicationtell, order, enjoin, saygive instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
cognitiontelldiscern or comprehend
communicationtell, assureinform positively and with certainty and confidence
communicationtell, evidencegive evidence
cognitiontell, distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell apartmark as different
NOUNperson Tell, William Tella Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer
Tell / tell > pronunciation
Soundsteh'l
RhymesAix-la-Chapelle ... zinfandel / Zinfandel: 95 rhymes with ehl...
English > Tell: 9 senses > noun 1, person
MeaningA 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).
SynonymWilliam Tell
Instance ofarcher, bowmanA person who is expert in the use of a bow and arrow
SpanishWilliam Tell
CatalanGuillem Tell, Tell
English > tell: 9 senses > verb 1, communication
MeaningExpress in words / words.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
ModelThey tell that there was a traffic accident
Example "tell me what is bothering you"
Synonymsstate, say
Narroweradd, append, supplystate or say further
announce, declareannounce publicly or officially
answer, reply, respondReact verbally
articulate, enunciate, vocalize, vocaliseExpress or state clearly
declarestate emphatically and authoritatively
declaremake a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official
explaindefine
get outExpress with difficulty
giveconvey or reveal information
misstatestate something incorrectly
note, observe, mention, remarkmake mention of
precede, preface, premise, introduceFurnish with a preface or introduction
present, represent, lay outbring forward and present to the mind
summarize, summarise, sum, sum upBe a summary of
Broaderexpress, verbalize, verbalise, utter, give tongue toarticulate
Similar tosaystate as one's opinion or judgement
Spanishafirmar, contar, decir, declarar, manifestar, sentenciar
Catalanafirmar, declarar, dir, manifestar, sentenciar
Nounstellersomeone who tells a story
tellinginforming by words
English > tell: 9 senses > verb 2, communication
MeaningLet something be known.
PatternSomebody ----s that CLAUSE
Example"Tell them that you will be late"
Narrowerannounce, annunciate, harbinger, foretell, heraldforeshadow or presage
bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signalBe a signal for or a symptom of
digress, stray, divagate, wanderLose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject / subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking
impart, leave, give, pass onTransmit (knowledge or skills)
propagandize, propagandisesubject / subject to propaganda
publicize, publicise, air, baremake public
repeat, reiterate, ingeminate, iterate, restate, retellTo say, state, or perform again
spill, talkreveal information
unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let out, uncoverMake known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
BroaderinformImpart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
See alsotell offreprimand
Spanishdecir
Catalandir
Nounstalea message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events
English > tell: 9 senses > verb 3, communication
Meaningnarrate or give a detailed account of.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody something
ModelThey won't tell the story
Example"Tell what happened"
Synonymsnarrate, recount, recite
Narrowercracktell spontaneously
relateGive an account of
rhapsodize, rhapsodiserecite a rhapsody
yarntell or spin a yarn
BroaderinformImpart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
Spanishcontar, explicar, narrar, recontar, relatar
Catalancontar, explicar, narrar
Nounstalea message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events
tellersomeone who tells a story
tellingan act of narration
English > tell: 9 senses > verb 4, communication
MeaningGive instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
ModelThey tell him to write the letter
Synonymsorder, enjoin, say
Narrowercall, send forOrder, request, or command to come
command, requiremake someone do something
directcommand with authority
instructGive instructions or directions for some task
prescribe(medicine) order the use of (a treatment, medicine, etc.), usually by written prescription
warnask to go away
Broaderrequestask (a person) to do something
Spanishdecir, declarar, encargar, imponer, indicar, mandar, ordenar, sentenciar
Catalandeclarar, manar, ordenar, sentenciar
English > tell: 9 senses > verb 5, cognition
Meaningdiscern or comprehend.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s something; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Example"He could tell that she was unhappy"
Broaderguess, inferguess correctly
Spanishcomunicar, decir, informar
Catalancomunicar, dir, informar
English > tell: 9 senses > verb 6, communication
Meaninginform positively and with certainty and confidence.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody of something; Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Example"I tell you that man is a crook!"
Synonymassure
Broaderaffirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swearTo declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
Spanishasegurar, contar, decir
Catalanassegurar, dir
English > tell: 9 senses > verb 7, communication
MeaningGive evidence.
PatternSomebody ----s
Example"he was telling on all his former colleague"
Synonymevidence
Broaderinformact as an informer
See alsotell apartdetect with the senses
Spanishdecir, evidenciar
Nounstellingdisclosing information or giving evidence about another
English > tell: 9 senses > verb 8, cognition
Meaningmark as different.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Somebody ----s something from somebody
Synonymsdistinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell apart
EntailscompareExamine and note the similarities or differences of
Narrowercontradistinguishdistinguish by contrasting qualities
contrastput in opposition to show / show or emphasize differences
decouple, dissociateregard as unconnected
demarcateseparate clearly, as if by boundaries
discriminate, know apartrecognize or perceive the difference
discriminate, separate, single outtreat differently on the basis of sex / sex or race
have the distinctionBe distinguished from others of a similar type by virtue of a notable characteristic
individualize, individualisemake or mark or treat as individual
knowBe able to distinguish, recognize as being different
labeldistinguish (an element or atom) by using a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass for tracing through chemical reactions
labeldistinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom
severalize, severalisedistinguish or separate
sextell the sex (of young chickens)
stratifydivide society into social classes or castes
Broaderidentify, placerecognize as being
Spanishdeslindar, diferenciar, discernir, distinguir
Catalandiferenciar, discernir, discriminar, distingir

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