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 Curbing carbon dioxide emissions has critical implications for Emperor Penguins and an untold number of other species for which science has yet to document such a plain-spoken warning. Stephanie Jenouvrier, The Conversation, "Emperor Penguins could march to extinction if nations fail to halt climate change," 7 Nov. 2019 The owner, Melissa Lauprete, gave us untold numbers of recommendations for restaurants and hikes in the area, acting as a de facto ambassador for life just outside the city. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "This Shop Makes Me Want to Move to Westchester and Subsist on Mushroom Coffee Alone," 4 Nov. 2019 Two organizations separated by a few blocks — and untold millions in resources — have found common ground. BostonGlobe.com, "That only hints at its importance to a community facing encroachment by development on all sides and running out of places where its predominantly immigrant, low-income residents can live.," 30 Oct. 2019 An untold number of other people also were lynched, but their stories were lost to time or official indifference. Jay Reeves, Twin Cities, "Trump lynching claim renews pain for kin of actual victims," 23 Oct. 2019 And there are untold millions of families in that situation. Allan Sloan, ProPublica, "Trump’s Trillion-Dollar Hit to Homeowners," 10 Oct. 2019 That may or may not be good news to the untold number of people who shelled out $45 per person for two hours at PokéBar. John Wenzel, The Know, "Pokémon pop-up bar canceled after organizer cites pushback from Nintendo," 26 Sep. 2019 To date, there have been some 47 members of this joyous traveling show, which has spread the gospel of peace, love and boogie to untold millions around the globe since 1989. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Starr Man: Inside Ringo's 30-Year Odyssey with His All-Starr Band," 19 Aug. 2019 The hourlong, in-depth look at the issue tackles subjects such as the often untold story of Legionnaires disease and how much Michigan officials, including Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, knew. cleveland.com, "UAW, GM resume talks amid nationwide auto worker strike: The Flyover," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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