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Definition of "tell" [tell]

  • To give a detailed account of; narrate: tell what happened; told us a story. (verb-transitive)
  • To communicate by speech or writing; express with words: tell the truth; tell one's love. (verb-transitive)
  • To make known; reveal: tell a secret; tell fortunes. (verb-transitive)
  • To notify; inform. (verb-transitive)
  • To inform positively; assure: I tell you, the plan will work. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tell" in a sentence
  • "Someone tell me we still have Batswana and Fiji on board……anyone……..tell me what to think….."
  • "I won't tell you what it is now, but at the party I'll do better than _tell_ you; I'll _show_ you."
  • "-- But, tell him from me, running to the trunk after her purse, and shaking it just at my ear, -- _tell him_, he shall never be a penny the better for this."