- 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.
Idioms about tell
Origin of tell1
Other definitions for tell (2 of 3)
Origin of tell2
Other definitions for tell (3 of 3)
How to use tell in a sentence
And Air Force assessors are the first to say such imaging never tells the whole story.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Their immediate response tells an important truth about a police slowdown that has spread throughout New York City in recent days.
Yazbek tells The Daily Beast that the traffickers guarantee their service, and they treat the Syrian refugees with respect.
“We went on to Tramp…He was the most hideous dancer I had ever seen,” she tells the Mail.
When Marvin tells this story, he gets quiet, and you can see the way it must have been.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It is a lofty and richly-decorated pile of the fourteenth century; and tells of the labours and the wealth of a foreign land.
My mother now tells me that she knew of this mistake, an error of the New York paper in copying the item from a Southern journal.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
I saw Cardinal de Giovenozzo this morning; and he tells me that Wharton has disappeared.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
A verbal narrative has of course in itself nothing similar to the scenes and events of which it tells.Children's Ways|James Sully
He tells me several men have already been shot whilst bathing but there is no use trying to stop it: they take the off chance.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for tell (1 of 3)
Derived forms of telltellable, 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)
Other 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.