—v.t. 1. to give an account or narrative of; narrate; relate (a story, tale, etc.): to tell the story of Lincoln's childhood. 2. to make known by speech or writing (a fact, news, information, etc.); communicate.
3. to announce or proclaim.
4. to utter (the truth, a lie, etc.).
5. to express in words (thoughts, feelings, etc.).
6. to reveal or divulge (something secret or private).
7. to say plainly or positively: I cannot tell just what was done. 8. to discern or recognize (a distant person or thing) so as to be able to identify or describe: Can you tell who that is over there? 9. to distinguish; discriminate; ascertain: You could hardly tell the difference between them. 10. to inform (a person) of something: He told me his name. 11. to assure emphatically: I won't, I tell you! 12. to bid, order, or command: Tell him to stop. 13. to mention one after another, as in enumerating; count or set one by one or in exact amount: to tell the cattle in a herd; All told there were 17 if we are correct.
—v.i. 1. to give an account or report: Tell me about your trip. 2. to give evidence or be an indication: The ruined temples told of an ancient culture, long since passed from existence. 3. to disclose something secret or private; inform; tattle: She knows who did it, but she won't tell. 4. to say positively; determine; predict: Who can tell? 5. to have force or effect; operate effectively: a contest in which every stroke tells. 6. to produce a marked or severe effect: The strain was telling on his health. 7. Brit. Dial.to talk or chat.
8. tell it like it is,Informal.to tell the complete, unadulterated truth; be forthright: He may be crude but he tells it like it is. 9. tell off, a. to separate from the whole and assign to a particular duty.
b. Informal.to rebuke severely; scold: It was about time that someone told him off. 10. tell on,to tattle on (someone).
Pronunciation: (tel),[key] —n. an artificial mound consisting of the accumulated remains of one or more ancient settlements (often used in Egypt and the Middle East as part of a place name).
Pronunciation: (tel),[key] —n. Wil•helm Pronunciation: (vil'helm).[key] See William Tell.