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Definition of Tells
TellTell Tell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Told; p. pr. & vb. n.
Telling.] [AS. tellan, from talu tale, number, speech; akin
to D. tellen to count, G. z["a]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.
Tell the joints of the body. --Jer. Taylor.
2. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to
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?
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
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
To tell off, to count; to divide. --Sir W. Scott.
Syn: To communicate; impart; reveal; disclose; inform;
acquaint; report; repeat; rehearse; recite. TellTell Tell, v. i.
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.
Tell Tell, n.
That which is told; tale; account. [R.]
I am at the end of my tell. --Walpole.
Tell Tell, n. [Ar.]
A hill or mound. --W. M. Thomson.
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