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verb as in narrate, describe

verb as in carry weight

verb as in calculate

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Example Sentences

And Air Force assessors are the first to say such imaging never tells the whole story.

Their immediate response tells an important truth about a police slowdown that has spread throughout New York City in recent days.

Yazbek tells The Daily Beast that the traffickers guarantee their service, and they treat the Syrian refugees with respect.

“We went on to Tramp…He was the most hideous dancer I had ever seen,” she tells the Mail.

When Marvin tells this story, he gets quiet, and you can see the way it must have been.

It is a lofty and richly-decorated pile of the fourteenth century; and tells of the labours and the wealth of a foreign land.

My mother now tells me that she knew of this mistake, an error of the New York paper in copying the item from a Southern journal.

I saw Cardinal de Giovenozzo this morning; and he tells me that Wharton has disappeared.

A verbal narrative has of course in itself nothing similar to the scenes and events of which it tells.

He tells me several men have already been shot whilst bathing but there is no use trying to stop it: they take the off chance.


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On this page you'll find 150 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to tells, such as: disclose, reveal, instruct, confess, mention, and explain.

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