Related formswell-told, adjective
Definition for told (2 of 2)
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
Examples from the Web for told
I remember H. Jon Benjamin told me it was a way-too-late apology for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“We talked about the science the whole time the other day,” Krauss told The Daily Beast in a phone interview.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
On Dec. 22, 1799, Sands told her cousins that she would be leaving to elope with a fellow boarder named Levi Weeks that night.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is a blow against freedom of speech, we were told, by the likes of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“We quietly did,” Reed previously told The Daily Beast of removing ISIS.
That fiendish woman lied, then, when she told me that you shuddered at my very name?The Lamplighter|Maria S. Cummins
We told the Moros that they would all have to work if the Americans should come.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia|Paul T. Gilbert
I was told that the bones were not replaced but that sticks were inserted to maintain the fingers in proper shape.
"We shall not forget what you have told us," said Gilbert, as the wreck prepared to leave the room.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn|Robert Machray
I bowed my head to conceal the expression which might have told his lordship that I intended to do nothing of the kind.The International Spy|Allen Upward
British Dictionary definitions for told (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for told (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for told (3 of 4)
verb tells, telling or told
Derived Formstellable, adjective
Word Origin for tell
British Dictionary definitions for told (4 of 4)
Word Origin for tell
Idioms and Phrases with told (1 of 2)
see all told; I told you so; little bird told me. also see under tell.
Idioms and Phrases with told (2 of 2)
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.