un·​told | \ˌən-ˈtōld \

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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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 Years the Rapid Evaluation Team and the Foundry may well spend spitting out untold numbers of failures and biting into a potential success or two. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 But prosecutors described him as having had to make an untold number of decisions over six years to advance the criminal enterprise. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Former American Senior Communities CEO James Burkhart gets nearly 10 years," 29 June 2018 Above us are an untold number of stars and planets and other geologic wonders, and likely, life. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Summer is for meteor showers and stargazing. Here’s how to watch.," 22 June 2018 Utilizing someone’s interactions without their consent for one’s own entertainment — let alone to amuse thousands of strangers in a public forum — can do untold harm. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "The Problem With "Plane Bae" and Using Strangers for Entertainment," 11 July 2018 The monthslong Supreme Court clash that lies ahead will draw hundreds of thousands of activists to the fray, produce tens of millions of dollars in advertising and consume untold hours of television coverage. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "For Midterms, Supreme Court Political Drama Plays to Its Audience," 11 July 2018 There are hundreds of volunteers putting in untold hours of effort to make sure a good time is had by one and all, resident and visitor alike. The Aegis, "Our Independence [Editorial]," 29 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 \

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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