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 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 As a result, one certainty—perhaps the only certainty—heading into Tuesday’s voting is that the share of women making the nation’s decisions in Congress will go up, with untold consequences for the agenda and the culture of Congress and Washington. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Trump vs. Democratic Women: Headline Fight of the 2018 Campaign," 5 Nov. 2018 Major Turkish companies are now trying to persuade banks and other creditors to extend relief, perhaps portending a wave of bankruptcies that could leave financial institutions and taxpayers staring at untold losses. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018 The government was pouring untold sums into Ukraine and Syria without taking care of its own. Anton Troianovski, Washington Post, "Vodka, pine nuts and politics: World cup fans meet Russians on the world’s longest train line," 14 June 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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