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tell

verb

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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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2 to express (a thought or emotion) in words
  • just tell us what is in your heart

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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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5 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority
  • told us to sit still and wait

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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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The first known use of tell was before the 12th century

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“Tell.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/tell. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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