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
Recent Examples on the Web The manufacturer is contacting everyone that was involved in the distribution of the medication and locking things down, but there is still an untold number of bottles of the medication in people’s homes. Mike Wehner, BGR, "If you take this common medication, stop what you’re doing and contact your doctor," 6 Apr. 2021 In April 1938, Lee found herself in Canton (Guangzhou) when Japanese bombers pummeled the city, killing an untold number of civilians. oregonlive, "Two daring Chinese American women took to Portland’s skies to escape earthbound 20th-century limits, secured lasting legacies," 5 Apr. 2021 Like thousands of other retail workers across North Texas, Daniels weathered the brunt of the global coronavirus pandemic in public, interacting with an untold number of strangers on a daily basis. Dallas News, "They spent a year on the front lines of the pandemic. Now these Dallas retail workers are getting the vaccine," 29 Mar. 2021 But as Illinois continues to diagnose more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 per day, an untold number of holdouts haven’t budged from staying closed — and don’t plan to reopen their dining rooms for weeks, if not months. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Friday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area," 19 Mar. 2021 His diligence would save an untold number of babies’ lives. Glenn Thrush, New York Times, "Fred Figa, Who Helped Expose a Drug’s Dangers, Is Dead at 65," 12 Mar. 2021 This is a matter of life or death for many, many, many people, an untold number of people. Madison Malone Kircher, Vulture, "The Receipt-Keeper of YouTube," 3 Mar. 2021 An untold number refused to surrender and instead jumped to their deaths at a ridge now known as Apache Leap. NBC News, "Sacred Apache land 'on death row' in standoff with foreign mining titans," 3 Mar. 2021 Even with that, there still may be an untold number of homes not hooked up to the sewage system. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Mexico’s effort will be key in reducing sewage spills; U.S. can’t do it alone," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of untold

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

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“Untold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untold. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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