Definition for tell

verb as in narrate, describe

verb as in understand, discern

verb as in carry weight

verb as in calculate

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Example Sentences

One of the topics I discussed was self-talk, which in the endurance world is basically the idea that telling yourself “You can do this!”

When confronted by PG&E investigators, Huggins told the investigators he had paid the $16,750 bill in cash, which he happened to have on hand in his house.

Her grandson later reached out to Botros to thank him personally — and told him that the woman called all of her friends and urged them to get their shots, too.

The agents were telling him that they could lock him up for the rest of his life.

I feel his silence gives her permission to be unkind and tells me that I don't matter to him.

As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.

Police, their representatives and supporters tell us, ensure our freedom of speech through our ability to protest.

“Jeffrey wanted me to tell you that you looked so pretty,” the female voice said into my disbelieving ear.

They were going to tell their story, consequences be damned.

And I tell Ollie, just look at me, because they just pulled out the pistolas.

And to tell the truth, she couldn't help wishing he could see, so he could make the game livelier.

Ages back—let musty geologists tell us how long ago—'twas a lake, larger than the Lake of Geneva.

Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.

He wanted to tell her that if she called her father, it would mean the end of everything for them, but he withheld this.

Monsieur,” growls the baron, “stone walls have ears, you say if only they had tongues; what tales these could tell!


On this page you'll find 284 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to tell, such as: advise, announce, confess, declare, disclose, and explain.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.