verb (used with object), told, tell·ing.
verb (used without object), told, tell·ing.
- to separate from the whole and assign to a particular duty.
- Informal. to rebuke severely; scold: It was about time that someone told him off.
Origin of tell1
Definition for tell (2 of 3)
Origin of tell2
Definition for tell (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for tell
As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.
One bystander said he was told to tell the media that they were from al Qaeda in Yemen, or al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
“Jeffrey wanted me to tell you that you looked so pretty,” the female voice said into my disbelieving ear.
They were going to tell their story, consequences be damned.
And I tell Ollie, just look at me, because they just pulled out the pistolas.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
"I think, when I see her, I will tell her all about my Lizzie," he said.The Incomplete Amorist|E. Nesbit
I tell you that this business is not going to end thus, that we must be avenged.The Downfall|Emile Zola
I cannot tell you exactly what she felt when she saw Nino from her lofty window, but she was certainly glad with her whole heart.A Roman Singer|F. Marion Crawford
Hide it not for my help, for my honour, but tell me, Lest my time and thy time be lost days and confusion!Poems By The Way & Love Is Enough|William Morris
He was going to tell her to get it, but she guessed it herself.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus|Laura Lee Hope
British Dictionary definitions for tell (1 of 3)
verb tells, telling or told
Derived Formstellable, adjective
Word Origin for tell
British Dictionary definitions for tell (2 of 3)
Word Origin for tell
British Dictionary definitions for tell (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with tell
In addition to the idioms beginning with tell
- tell apart
- tell a thing or two
- tell it like it is
- tell it to the Marines
- tell me
- tell off
- tell on
- tell someone where to get off
- tell tales
- tell time
- do tell
- kiss and tell
- show and tell
- something tells me
- there's no telling
- thing or two, tell a
- time will tell
- which is which, tell
- you never can tell
- you're telling me
Also see undertold.