un·​told | \ ˌən-ˈtōld How to pronounce untold (audio) \

Definition of untold

1a : not told or related
b : kept secret
2 : too great or numerous to count : incalculable, vast

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Examples of untold in a Sentence

His is a story yet untold. untold generations have lived and died in this ancient land

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The end result is that hundreds of parts sent to customers were defective, causing untold billions in damage. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Says Two of Its Rockets Failed Because of Metals Fraud," 1 May 2019 And the Chinese have been incredibly cooperative in-- (CROSSTALK) HANNITY: That's a big untold part of the story here is relationship with the Chinese president. Fox News, "Hannity: How we got to this point with North Korea," 9 June 2018 Yet tackling global climate change needs ambitious, novel and often epic solutions, both to reduce emissions and to minimize the chance positive feedback from the Arctic that may cause untold damage to our climate system. Paul Mann, Smithsonian, "Can Bringing Back Mammoths Help Stop Climate Change?," 14 May 2018 The hurricane decimated the canopy and killed an untold number of birds, yet the ecosystem has begun to gradually recover. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 Michelle Mason and Lauren Fine, both advocates for children charged with crimes, write that the city must stop holding juveniles in adult jails, which risks abuse, recidivism, and other untold harm. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Schools buy war-zone trauma kits, Trump-Kim summit recap | Morning Newsletter," 12 June 2018 As with any cultural icon, beneath the shining veneer must lie untold stories, apocryphal or otherwise. Yunte Huang, WSJ, "‘The Banished Immortal’ Review: ‘Heaven Begot a Talent Like Me’," 11 Jan. 2019 The best museums are successfully reaching new audiences, telling untold stories and engaging fresh voices and perspectives beyond the historical gatekeepers of aesthetic value. WSJ, "What Place Has Politics in a House of Art?," 27 Dec. 2018 California’s first responders saved an untold number of lives last week. Costas Synolakis, WSJ, "Lessons From the Paradise Fire," 18 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of untold

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of untold

: not told or made public
: too many to count or too much to measure


un·​told | \ ˌən-ˈtōld How to pronounce untold (audio) \

Kids Definition of untold

1 : not told or made public untold secrets
2 : too great or too numerous to be counted : vast untold resources

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