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I love Westerns and I remember as a kid climbing up on the couch and make it into a saddle and shoot guns and fall off. I would lay there after my death and my mom would tell me to eat lunch and I'd say, 'I'm still dead, Mom!' I was Method, even then.
Creed Bratton

Meaning of "tell" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD TELL

Old English tellan; related to Old Saxon tellian, Old High German zellen to tell, count, Old Norse telja.
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PRONUNCIATION OF TELL

tell  [tɛl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF TELL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Tell is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb tell in English.

WHAT DOES TELL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

tell

Tell

A tell or tel, is a type of archaeological mound created by human occupation and abandonment of a geographical site over many centuries. A classic tell looks like a low, truncated cone with a flat top and sloping sides.

Definition of tell in the English dictionary

The first definition of tell in the dictionary is to let know or notify. Other definition of tell is to order or instruct. Tell is also when intr, usually foll by of to give an account or narration.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO TELL

PRESENT

Present
I tell
you tell
he/she/it tells
we tell
you tell
they tell
Present continuous
I am telling
you are telling
he/she/it is telling
we are telling
you are telling
they are telling
Present perfect
I have told
you have told
he/she/it has told
we have told
you have told
they have told
Present perfect continuous
I have been telling
you have been telling
he/she/it has been telling
we have been telling
you have been telling
they have been telling
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I told
you told
he/she/it told
we told
you told
they told
Past continuous
I was telling
you were telling
he/she/it was telling
we were telling
you were telling
they were telling
Past perfect
I had told
you had told
he/she/it had told
we had told
you had told
they had told
Past perfect continuous
I had been telling
you had been telling
he/she/it had been telling
we had been telling
you had been telling
they had been telling
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will tell
you will tell
he/she/it will tell
we will tell
you will tell
they will tell
Future continuous
I will be telling
you will be telling
he/she/it will be telling
we will be telling
you will be telling
they will be telling
Future perfect
I will have told
you will have told
he/she/it will have told
we will have told
you will have told
they will have told
Future perfect continuous
I will have been telling
you will have been telling
he/she/it will have been telling
we will have been telling
you will have been telling
they will have been telling
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would tell
you would tell
he/she/it would tell
we would tell
you would tell
they would tell
Conditional continuous
I would be telling
you would be telling
he/she/it would be telling
we would be telling
you would be telling
they would be telling
Conditional perfect
I would have tell
you would have tell
he/she/it would have tell
we would have tell
you would have tell
they would have tell
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been telling
you would have been telling
he/she/it would have been telling
we would have been telling
you would have been telling
they would have been telling
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you tell
we let´s tell
you tell
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to tell
Past participle
told
Present Participle
telling
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TELL

tell a tale
tell apart
Tell el Amarna
tell it to the marines
tell its own tale
tell off
tell someone where to get off
tell tales
tell the time
tellable
teller
tellership
tellin
telling
telling off
tellingly
tellinoid
telltale
tellural

WORDS THAT END LIKE TELL

all very well
as well
bell
Campbell
cell
dell
fell
hell
just as well
mell
Mitchell
ring a bell
Russell
schnell
sell
shell
smell
spell
the hell
well

Synonyms and antonyms of tell in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «TELL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «tell» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of tell

Translation of «tell» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TELL

Find out the translation of tell to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of tell from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «tell» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

告诉
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

contar
570 millions of speakers

English

tell
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बता
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يُخْبِرُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

говорить
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

contar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বলা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

dire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Beritahu
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

erzählen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

告げる
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

(...에게) 이야기하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

nyritakake
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

bảo
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சொல்ல
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सांगा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

söylemek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

raccontare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

powiedzieć
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

казати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a povesti
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

λέω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vertel
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

berätta
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

fortelle
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of tell

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TELL»

The term «tell» is very widely used and occupies the 1.033 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TELL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «tell» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «tell» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about tell

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10 QUOTES WITH «TELL»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word tell.
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John Barrasso
I have to tell you as a doctor, 25 years of practice, not as a politician using talking points, as somebody who has taken care of Medicare patients, we can make it a lot better.
2
Jennifer Beals
I don't think Roger Dodger is really about men. I think it is more about relationships and about how you present yourself, not only to the opposite sex, but to yourself. What lies are you going to tell yourself in order to get through the day?
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Lara Flynn Boyle
And while I might not always agree with the viewpoint I have to portray, because I play a district attorney, as an actress I can always tell myself that my character is trying to take the moral high ground.
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Creed Bratton
I love Westerns and I remember as a kid climbing up on the couch and make it into a saddle and shoot guns and fall off. I would lay there after my death and my mom would tell me to eat lunch and I'd say, 'I'm still dead, Mom!' I was Method, even then.
5
Kevin Brockmeier
I can tell you that I never begin working on a story until I have a title centered at the top of the first page.
6
Wynn Bullock
I didn't want to tell the tree or weed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature.
7
Harry Caray
I'll tell you what's helped me my entire life. I look at baseball as a game. It's something where people can go out, enjoy and have fun. Nothing more.
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Duane G. Carey
That's what Hubble can do for us. It can tell us whether the universe is expanding forever or if one day it's going to come back together.
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John Cassavetes
Commercial movies have no feeling, no sensitivity. Most people tell me people won't understand films with feeling. But everyone can feel.
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Kelly Clarkson
My friends and family are my support system. They tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear and they are there for me in the good and bad times. Without them I have no idea where I would be and I know that their love for me is what's keeping my head above the water.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TELL»

Discover the use of tell in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to tell and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
The remarkable New York Times bestseller has been updated with a new Afterword by Immaculée, in which she looks back at the 20 years that have passed since the Rwandan holocaust.
Immaculée Ilibagiza, 2014
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How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
It's a warning. 'How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You' is a hilarious, brilliant offering of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides from the creative wonderland at TheOatmeal.com.
The Oatmeal, 2012
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Tell
Where was David that night, and what does he know about Phil? David has figured out the truth about his step-father, and the day his kid-brother died. What will it take for him to tell? And how did he know?
Norah McClintock, 2006
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Tell Me a Story: Narrative and Intelligence
In this study by an expert on learning and computers, the author argues that artificial intelligence must be based on real human intelligence.
Roger C. Schank, 1995
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The Right to Tell: The Role of Mass Media in Economic ...
This book explores the role of the news media in promoting equitable economic development, and considers the obstacles it faces as a catalyst for change and growth.
Roumeen Islam, 2002
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How to Tell If Your Boyfriend is the Antichrist: (and If He ...
Enter award-winning illustrator Patricia Carlin's edgy, impulse-dating humour guide for the hip, young and urban.A cross between The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, The Rules and He's Just Not That Into You, it ...
Patricia Carlin, 2007
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Tell Me a Riddle
This collection of four stories, "I Stand Here Ironing," "Hey Sailor, what Ship?," "O Yes," and "Tell me a Riddle," had become an American classic.
Tillie Olsen, Deborah Silverton Rosenfelt, 1995
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Wake the Town & Tell the People: Dancehall Culture in Jamaica
But beyond its importance as the 'first' study of dancehall, this book is outstanding because of its theoretical sophistication, its comprehensive scope, and its firm grounding in extensive fieldwork among dancehall participants.
Norman C. Stolzoff, 2000
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The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes ...
"A profound intriguing and compelling guide to the intricacies of the human brain." —Oliver Sacks In this landmark work, V. S. Ramachandran investigates strange, unforgettable cases—from patients who believe they are dead to sufferers ...
V. S. Ramachandran, 2011
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Only Time Will Tell
The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international bestselling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1919, in the backstreets of Bristol.
Jeffrey Archer, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «TELL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term tell is used in the context of the following news items.
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Review: 'Let Me Tell You' Collects Early Works by Shirley Jackson
Now Mr. Hyman and Ms. DeWitt have delivered a second collection, “Let Me Tell You,” comprising uncollected, early and in some cases previously unpublished ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
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Opinionator | 10 Things I'd Tell My Former (Medicated) Self
Tell everyone close to you that you're tapering off your meds. Tell them that if they think you seem down, they should speak up; you won't get defensive. Yes ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
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'Let Me Tell You,' by Shirley Jackson
“I remember one spring morning I was on my way to the store,” Shirley Jackson writes in an essay in “Let Me Tell You,” this new collection of fiction and ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
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How to Tell a Joke
Street jokes — the kind you read in a book or hear at summer camp and tell with the preface ''Want to hear a joke?'' — are almost never funny, Kondabolu says. «New York Times, Jul 15»
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Shirley Jackson Gets To The Heart Of The Home In 'Let Me Tell You'
To read one of Shirley Jackson's signature works is to live in a house built on sand. From novels like We Have Always Lived in the Castle to the iconic "The ... «NPR, Jul 15»
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Can your smartphone tell you if you have depression?
But smartphone apps might be able to handle some of that work, and at least tell you if you are at risk of depression, simply by collecting GPS and other data, ... «CNN, Jul 15»
7
Age Bias? Tell Us About It
Send your workplace conundrums to workologist@nytimes.com, including your name and contact information (even if you want it withheld for publication). «New York Times, Jul 15»
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Guillaume Tell opera rape outcry is over offence to music, not women
A violent scene from Guillaume Tell. 'It is telling that a depiction of murder is something that … everyone needs to incorporate into their understanding of the ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
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Guillaume Tell review - sex, violence and protracted booing
'The evening is hamstrung by the staging'. Sofia Fomina as Jemmy and Gerald Finley as Tell in Rossini's Guillaume Tell at London's Royal Opera House. «The Guardian, Jun 15»
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The Short Stories We Tell Ourselves About Everyday Spending
In fact, I used to tell myself at least one new story every time I opened my credit card statement. “Oh,” I'd say to myself, “I was so busy last month, it makes perfect ... «New York Times, Jun 15»

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