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tele

or tel·ly

[ tel-ee ]
/ ˈtɛl i /
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noun British Informal.
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Origin of tele

By shortening

Other definitions for tele (2 of 4)

tele-1

a combining form meaning “distant,” especially “transmission over a distance,” used in the formation of compound words: telegraph.
Also tel-, telo-.

Origin of tele-

1
Combining form representing Greek têle far, akin to télos end (see tele-2)

Other definitions for tele (3 of 4)

tele-2

a combining form meaning “end,” “complete,” used in the formation of compound words: telestich.
Also tel-, teleo-, telo-.

Origin of tele-

2
Combining form representing Greek télos end, and téleios perfected; akin to teleîn to fulfill

Other definitions for tele (4 of 4)

tele.

abbreviation
television.
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How to use tele in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tele

tele-

before a vowel tel-


combining form
at or over a distance; distanttelescope; telegony; telekinesis; telemeter
televisiontelecast
by means of or via telephone or television

Word Origin for tele-

from Greek tele far
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Medical definitions for tele

tele-

pref.
Distance; distant:teletherapy.
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Scientific definitions for tele

tele-

A prefix that means “at a distance,” as in telemetry.
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