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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
verb tells, telling or told
Word Origin for tell
Word Origin for tell
past tense of tell, from Old English talde, past tense of tellan (see tell (v.)).
"mound, hill," 1864, from Arabic tall, related to Hebrew tel "mount, hill, heap."
Old English tellan "to reckon, calculate, consider, account," from Proto-Germanic *taljanan "to mention in order" (cf. Old Saxon tellian, Old Norse telja, Old Frisian tella "to count, tell," Dutch tellen "to count, reckon," Old Saxon talon "to count, reckon," Danish tale "to speak," Old High German zalon, German zählen "to count, reckon"), from root *talo (see tale). Meaning "to narrate, relate" is from c.1000; that of "to make known by speech or writing, announce" is from early 12c. Sense of "to reveal or disclose" is from c.1400; that of "to act as an informer, to 'peach' " is recorded from 1901. Meaning "to order (someone to do something)" is from 1590s. Original sense in teller and phrase to tell time. For sense evolution, cf. French conter "to count," raconter "to recount;" Italian contare, Spanish contar "to count, recount, narrate;" German zählen "to count," erzählen "to recount, narrate."
I tolde hyme so, & euer he seyde nay. [Thomas Hoccleve, "The Regiment of Princes," c.1412]
Telling "having effect or force" is from 1852.
see all told; I told you so; little bird told me. also see under 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.