re·​tell | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈtel How to pronounce retell (audio) \
retold\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈtōld How to pronounce retold (audio) \; retelling

Definition of retell

transitive verb

1 : to tell again or in another form
2 : to count again

Examples of retell in a Sentence

The movie retells the story of Romeo and Juliet.
Recent Examples on the Web As ever after, it's written by the winners, the Greeks who have won a war with the Persians (retold in the film 300). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 87 Greatest Travel Books of All Time, According to Authors," 8 Jan. 2020 The opening hymn of the hit musical Hadestown offers a promise — not just to the eight shows a week for the folk musical that dominated Broadway in 2019, but to the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice that, even now, still demands to be retold. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How Hadestown and the underworld came out on top in 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 They are reflected in the holiday songs, illustrated on the greeting cards, and retold at family gatherings. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: All he wanted for Christmas was a little red trike, a little red trike, a little red trike . . .," 8 Dec. 2019 Cyrano was commissioned and developed by Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut, and is not the first adaptation to retell in song Rostand's classic about a courageous French Army officer with the soul of a poet. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cyrano': Theater Review," 8 Nov. 2019 Candlelight Processional, which is included in regular Epcot admission, features a mass choir, live orchestra and celebrity narrator who retells the Christmas story. Dewayne Bevil,, "Candlelight Processional: Disney completes 2019 narrator lineup for Epcot holiday event," 18 Oct. 2019 Hank Aaron, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan and Ichiro Suzuki also feature in the book, retelling their baseball roots. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Ex-Baseball Hall of Fame president coming to Bay Area for book featuring Rickey Henderson," 23 Sep. 2019 Faerie Tale Theatre, created and produced by Shelley Duvall, aired 27 one-hour episodes between 1982 and 1987, retelling various beloved stories and fairy tales. Tyler Aquilina,, "Jennifer Beals had a 'huge crush' on her costar Matthew Broderick: 'Look at the estrogen happening'," 13 Dec. 2019 There's been a lot of interest recently in retelling the stories of women who were vilified by the press. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown's Emerald Fennell on Playing Camilla, and Why Life as a Royal Sounds "Horrifying"," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of retell

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of retell was in 1593

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16 Jan 2020

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“Retell.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of retell

: to tell (a story) again especially in a different way

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to express in a more acceptable way

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