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tell

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1 to give an oral or written account of in some detail
  • They told the story of how they had met.
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set forth

2 to express (a thought or emotion) in words
  • Just tell us what is in your heart.
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put into words

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3 to find the sum of (a collection of things) by noting each one as it is being added
  • Who can tell the number of grains of sand in the world?
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4 to give information to
  • Tell me, when did you begin playing the violin?
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keep posted (one), let know (one)

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5 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority
  • told us to sit still and wait
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6 to make known (as information previously kept secret)
  • I won't tell your secret to anyone.
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bring to light, go public (with), let the cat out of the bag (about), spill the beans (about)

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reveal, disclose, divulge, tell, betray mean to make known what has been or should be concealed. reveal may apply to supernatural or inspired revelation of truths beyond the range of ordinary human vision or reason.
    • divine will as revealed in sacred writings
disclose may imply a discovering but more often an imparting of information previously kept secret.
    • candidates must disclose their financial assets
divulge implies a disclosure involving some impropriety or breach of confidence.
    • refused to divulge an anonymous source
tell implies an imparting of necessary or useful information.
    • told them what he had overheard
betray implies a divulging that represents a breach of faith or an involuntary or unconscious disclosure.
    • a blush that betrayed her embarrassment


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