verb (used with object), re·told [ree-tohld] /riˈtoʊld/, re·tell·ing.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for retell

Contemporary Examples of retell

  • Of course, the only reason we retell the story is precisely the data did corroborate Einstein's theory.

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    How Do We Know a Theory is Correct?

    David Frum

    April 18, 2013

  • The Eichmann trial was as an opportunity to retell the story of the Holocaust to Israelis—and to the world.

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    New York Needs a Terror Trial

    Karen Greenberg

    February 12, 2010

Historical Examples of retell

  • 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)

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper