I. verb (told; telling) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tellan; akin to Old High German zellen to count, tell, Old English talu tale Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. count, enumerate <
tell the stars, if thou be able to number them — Genesis 15:5(Authorized Version)
2. a. to relate in detail ; narrate <
told the whole story to us
b. to give utterance to ; say <
could never tell a lie
3. a. to make known ; divulge, reveal <
don't tell your password
b. to express in words <
she never told her love — Shakespeare
4. a. to give information to ; inform <
tell us about your job
b. to assure emphatically <
they did not do it, I tell you
5. order, direct <
told me to wait
6. to find out by observing ; recognize <
you can tell it's a masterpiece
intransitive verb 1. to give an account <
an article telling of her experience
2. to act as an informer — often used with on <
I'll get even with you if you ever tell on me — Inside Detective
3. to have a marked effect <
the pressure was beginning to tell on him
4. to serve as evidence or indication Synonyms: see reveal II. noun Etymology: Arabic tall Date: 1864 hill, mound; specifically an ancient mound in the Middle East composed of remains of successive settlements

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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