Definition of Tell

Pronunciation: tĕl
v. t.1.To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money.
[imp. & p. p. Told (tōld); p. pr. & vb. n. Telling.]
He telleth the number of the stars.
- Ps. cxlvii. 4.
Tell the joints of the body.
- Jer. Taylor.
2.To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.
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?
- Gen. xii. 18.
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 estimate.
I ne told no dainity of her love.
- Chaucer.
To tell off
to count; to divide.
- Sir W. Scott.
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.
Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David.
- 1 Sam. xxvii. 11.
n.1.That which is told; tale; account.
I am at the end of my tell.
- Walpole.
1.A hill or mound.

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tellurhydric acid
Telluric bismuth
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