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 In the midst of a global pandemic, 25 fashion luminaries, including Marc Jacobs, Bethann Hardison, and Ralph Lauren, highlight a previously untold history of the AIDS crisis. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 20 Dec. 2020 Reporters used those sources to find and report the stories, many of them previously untold, of Americans in the path of the virus. USA Today, "How the South and Southwest became the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020 Dozens of batches, untold hundreds (thousands?) of individual treats. Washington Post, "7 smart tips for baking better cookies," 1 Dec. 2020 From what my friend and I observed that stunning September weekend—a wash of gold extending over entire mountainsides, an infinity of leaves, untold groves blending and blurring to yonder horizon—I’m pretty well sold. Leath Tonino, Outside Online, "On Sleeping in the Largest Organism on Earth," 19 Nov. 2020 Wedding and funeral outbreaks in Minnesota have been linked to more than 1,000 primary infections — with untold secondary infections resulting when people at these events spread the virus to others. Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, "Tougher enforcement of Minnesota bars, restaurants not on COVID menu," 15 Nov. 2020 Gascón’s victory will have untold implications for district attorneys statewide, almost all of whom are members of the California District Attorneys Association, or CDAA. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Former S.F. DA George Gascón wins Los Angeles County DA race," 6 Nov. 2020 Given that popularity, untold variations and embellishments exist, but the basics are usually the same. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Just in time for Halloween, the French Quarter legend of Julie the Naked Ghost," 28 Oct. 2020 Although repeal is considered a long shot, the pharmaceutical industry stands to lose untold sales dollars if the ACA is repealed. Ed Silverman @pharmalot, STAT, "Pharma contributed to attorneys general who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act," 20 Oct. 2020

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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 15 Jan. 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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