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verb (used with object), re·told [ree-tohld] /riˈtoʊld/, re·tell·ing.
  1. to tell (a story, tale, etc.) over again or in a new way: It’s Sleeping Beauty retold with a different twist.
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Origin of retell

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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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for retell


verb -tells, -telling or -told (tr)
  1. to relate (a story, etc) again or differently
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Word Origin and History for retell


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

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