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tells

verb
present tense third-person singular of 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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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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“Tells.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/tells. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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