Tell

Definitions

  • Tell me. N.A. Indian
    Tell me. N.A. Indian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tell mark as different "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
    • v tell discern or comprehend "He could tell that she was unhappy"
    • v tell 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"
    • v tell let something be known "Tell them that you will be late"
    • v tell narrate or give a detailed account of "Tell what happened","The father told a story to his child"
    • v tell give evidence "he was telling on all his former colleague"
    • v tell express in words "He said that he wanted to marry her","tell me what is bothering you","state your opinion","state your name"
    • v tell inform positively and with certainty and confidence "I tell you that man is a crook!"
    • n 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)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"If Uncle Sam could have me right by him to tell him the reason." "If Uncle Sam could have me right by him to tell him the reason."
The Marshal tells how he killed the Dragon The Marshal tells how he killed the Dragon
MR. JOHNSTON, DARE I TELL YOU WHAT I KNOW MR. JOHNSTON, DARE I TELL YOU WHAT I KNOW
Mummy, I would like to tell you a story Mummy, I would like to tell you a story
Don't tell me the thing's over Don't tell me the thing's over
Those who tell untruths never get to Heaven Those who tell untruths never get to Heaven
Tell about the party Tell about the party
Telling a story Telling a story

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cricket chirping can tell the temperature outside. Counting how many times a cricket chirps in 15 seconds and then adding 40 to that number will approximately tell you what the temperature is in Fahrenheit
    • n Tell A hill or mound.
    • n Tell That which is told; tale; account. "I am at the end of my tell ."
    • Tell 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.
    • Tell To give an account; to make report. "That I may publish with the voice of thankgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works."
    • Tell 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?"
    • Tell To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate. "I ne told no dainity of her love."
    • Tell To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge. "Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?"
    • Tell 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 .""He telleth the number of the stars.""Tell the joints of the body."
    • Tell To order; to request; to command. "He told her not to be frightened."
    • Tell To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells . "Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David."
    • Tell To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate. "Of which I shall tell all the array.""And not a man appears to tell their fate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dolphins don't automatically breath; they have to tell themselves to.
    • tell To number; count; enumerate; reckon one by one, or one after another: as, to tell a hundred; to tell one's beads.
    • tell To recount; rehearse; narrate; relate: as, to tell a story.
    • tell To make known; divulge; disclose; reveal; communicate: as, to tell a secret; to tell one's errand.
    • tell To declare; say.
    • tell To put or express in words; recite; explain; make clear or plain.
    • tell To discern so as to be able to say; distinguish; recognize; decide; determine: as, to tell one from another; she cannot tell which she likes best.
    • tell To inform.
    • tell To give an order, command, or direction to; order; bid: as, I told him to stay at home.
    • tell To assure; assert positively to.
    • tell To make account of: in phrases such as to tell no tale, to tell no dainty, to tell no store.
    • tell Speak, State, etc. See say.
    • tell To acquaint (with), apprise (of).
    • tell To give an account; make report; speak; explain: with of.
    • tell To say; declare.
    • tell To talk; chat; gossip.
    • tell To tell tales; play the informer; inform; blab: with of or on before the person: as, if you do, I'll tell.
    • tell To act effectively; produce a marked effect or impression; count for something.
    • n tell That which is told; account; narration; story; tale.
    • n tell A hill or mound: common in Oriental place-names.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Florida failure to tell your neighbor his house is on fire is illegal.
    • v.t Tell tel to number or give an account of: to utter: to narrate: to disclose: to inform: to discern: to explain
    • v.i Tell to give an account: to produce or take effect: to chat, gossip: to tell tales, play the informer:—pa.t. and pa.p. tōld
    • adj Tell given to reveal secrets, blabbing: apparent, openly seen: giving warning
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Quotations

  • Miguel De Cervantes
    Miguel%20De%20Cervantes
    “Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.”
  • John Ruskin
    John%20Ruskin
    “Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    Elbert%20Hubbard
    “Failure -- The man who can tell others what to do and how to do it, but never does it himself.”
  • Otto Von Bismarck
    Otto%20Von%20Bismarck
    “When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.”
  • Lewis Carroll
    Lewis%20Carroll
    “What I tell you three times is true.”

Idioms

Go tell it to birds - This is used when someone says something that is not credible or is a lie.
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Grow in the telling - The more you tell it, the larger, wilder, better, etc. the story gets.
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Kiss and tell - If people kiss and tell, they disclose private or confidential information.
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Tell it to the marines - People use this expression when they don't believe someone.
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Tell them where the dog died - (USA) If you tell them where the dog died, you strongly and sharply correct someone.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. tellan, from talu, tale, number, speech; akin to D. tellen, to count, G. zählen, OHG. zellen, to count, tell, say, Icel. telja, Dan. tale, to speak, tælle, to count. See Tale that which is told

Usage

In literature:

But when I carry in my accounts they seem to be trying to think up language that tells a man to do a thing, and yet doesn't tell him.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
I'se tell ye all I ken mysel', though it was to ye're son I meant to tell it.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
When you were seventeen, I said to myself, 'Directly I can get to him we will meet, and I will tell him, tell him with my own lips.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
You may tell a man that he shouldn't drink, or shouldn't gamble; but telling will do no good.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
I can tell you now what I couldn't tell you before.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
I shall have a jolly story to tell; and I will tell it, too.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Tell her that I wish it, if it be necessary to tell her anything.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
I came over from the yacht at Gravesend to tell Morley she was waiting his orders there, and to tell Denham also.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
You go and tell your mother, tell her as quietly as you can.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
Barbara heard him tell mamma.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
And what is the Bell telling?
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
No; I shall tell him all the things his father will tell him.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
If you can tell me anything which does away with the difficulty, this is the time to tell it.
"The Giant's Robe" by F. Anstey
Tell me which of those old fellows you think was the best fellow?
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
He could venture to tell his master, drunk, what he would not have dared to tell him sober.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
I am quite sure it is wonderful to see such young creatures as you, and how you can tell the right way to set about it.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
I've got something to tell you that will sober you up a bit.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
I allus tells 'em to shut up when dey starts anything like dat around me.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I'll tell you a compliment I got for you, if you'll tell me one you got for me.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
I tell you this now, and I tell you the truth.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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In poetry:

Tell me, year, before thy fleeting,
Tell me what will be the greeting
Of the year we'll soon be meeting,
Are the hopes that fill me, cheating?
"A Broadway Idyl" by Mary Eliza Perine Tucker Lambert
WHATEVER I do, and whatever I say,
Aunt Tabitha tells me that is n't the way;
When she was a girl (forty summers ago)
Aunt Tabitha tells me they never did so.
"Aunt Tabitha" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
TELL me, my soul, and in good earnest tell,
Why dost thou seem afraid to Christ to go,
With him and his celestial host to dwell,
From this vile Vale of misery and woe?
"Another Conference Between The Devout Sick Man, And His Soul" by Rees Prichard
"Now tell us what 'twas all about,"
Young Peterkin, he cries;
And little Wilhelmine looks up
With wonder-waiting eyes;
"Now tell us all about the war,
And what they fought each other for."
"After Blenheim" by Robert Southey
Now tell me what is chivalry?
To battle in the foremost fight
For anything—for wrong—for right,
For some fair lady's scornful smile,
For what is virtuous, what is vile,
Come, tell me, is this chivalry?
"Chivalry" by John Bowring
The secrets that you say in prayer
Right so I'll hear: and, when you sing,
The name you speak; and whispering
I'll bend and kiss your mouth and hair,
And tell you I am there, my dear,
And tell you I am there.
"The Spell" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Well, your employees certainly aren't going to tell you, so here's what to look for.
"OK, just so you guys know, it's not cool to paint on living things," a teacher tells a dozen or so 12-to-18-year-olds crowded around a TV in a basement classroom.
Art Dealer Tells How it Started.
Quilt tells art school 's history.
It's likely that most of you know what I'm going to tell you at least as well as I do and probably better.
Obama officials tell N.J. Victims of Hurricane Sandy federal aid will go on as needed .
And Mitt Romney has to tell people -- open up a window as to who he is.
How do you gently tell him no one cares.
I'll even tell you where.
Quebecor tells CRTC Bell- Astral deal can't be allowed.
As Crabtree noted, it's too early to tell how Moss will impact him on the field, but he's already influenced him away from football.
How to tell when a guilty pleasure has gone bad.
'Lives on Fire' Firefighter Nica Vasquez Tells of Sacrifice to Attain Goal.
You can tell from the way Dr Al-Aakhir Ahad Rogers speaks about his work as a senior processing engineer at Draper Laboratory that he loves his career.
Any parent or teacher of a child with autism will tell you the heartbreak they feel when they call a child's name and he or she doesn't respond.
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In science:

This behavior is sufficient to tell us the zero slope limit of the amplitude and the content of the low energy field theory.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
At the upper level they tell us where we should split and introduce new left and right vertical sides.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Aut(H ), formula (0.1) tells us that there exists a unique group homomorphism β : G → G such that β ◦ i = i ◦ α.
Finite simple groups and localization
Furthermore, again using equation (4), tr f ′ (X, X, Z ) and f determine tr f ′ (X, Y , Z ) since f tells us which xi in f ′ (X, X, Z ) to replace by yi to obtain tr f ′ (X, Y , Z ).
Analytic invariants of boundary links
The central limit theorem on the other hand, goes a step further and tells us about the nature of the probability density function of ¯YN , as we shall see below.
Monte Carlo: Basics
For uniformly distributed xi this tells us that µ∗ decays like 1/n or faster.
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
For example, if a non-unitary evolution of the density operator under the action of random external field is considered , they tell us how much the von Neumann entropy of the mixed state may grow during each iteration.
Random unistochastic matrices
Eq. (8) tells us the average number of vertices a distance m away from a given vertex A in the giant component.
Random graphs as models of networks
It also tells us that the structure observed in NGC 4365 corresponds to a stable dynamical configuration.
Probing the stellar populations of early-type galaxies: the SAURON survey
Eq. (56) tells that when the point r = 0 is excluded, general CD solutions are possible.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
This tells that the map αH : S n × I /{∗} × I → T ′ is a cellular homotopy from (αf , β (ω ) − Φf∗ ([S n ])) to (αf ′ , β (ω ′) − Φf ′ ([S n ])).
Higher arithmetic K-theory
This tells that E ⊗ H is a cellular homotopy from (E , η ) × (f , ω ) to (E , η ) × (f ′ , ω ′).
Higher arithmetic K-theory
This tells that the map eH is a cellular homotopy from (f , ω ) × (g , τ ) to (f ′ , ω ′) × (g , τ ).
Higher arithmetic K-theory
Lemma 4.3 now tells us that Q ⊕ Q is properly infinite and that Q ⊕ Q ∼ 1.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
Proof: Theorem 5.2 tells us that uv /∈ A with probability at least ε or A′A′ is a subgroup of G with |A \ A′ | < 2|A|/k .
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
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