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[ree-tel] /riˈtɛl/
verb (used with object), retold [ree-tohld] /riˈtoʊld/ (Show IPA), retelling.
to tell (a story, tale, etc.) over again or in a new way:
It’s Sleeping Beauty retold with a different twist.
Origin of retell
re- + tell1 Unabridged
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  • Jake disappeared to tell and retell the tale to any one who cared to listen.

    Elder Conklin Frank Harris
  • Consider that it has done so, and amend the tale should you ever retell it.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • There I saw things which he who thence descends has not the knowledge or power to retell.

    Dante Philip H. Wicksteed
  • No need to retell the tale of his long and harrowing fight for health.

    Charles Sumner Centenary Archibald H. Grimke
  • Be careful that you make the material your own before attempting to retell it.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig
  • retell a story that you know or one that the instructor has read to you.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig
  • Let us be thankful that he did retell with such charm these Greek myths.

  • Platoons and companies got mixed, but it was not difficult to retell off.

    The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad

    Edward John Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for retell


verb (transitive) -tells, -telling, -told
to relate (a story, etc) again or differently
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for retell

1590s, from re- "back, again" + tell (v.). Related: Retold; retelling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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