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British pronunciation/tˈɛl/
American pronunciation/ˈtɛɫ/
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to use words and give someone information

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to tell definition and meaning
1.1

to make confidential information or a secret known

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'I'm not telling.
Promise you won't tell anyone this.
1.2

to use words in order to express or narrate something

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He told a story about his childhood adventures.
They told jokes and made everyone laugh.
He asked his friend to tell him the truth about what happened.
Can you tell me if what he said is true or not?
1.3

to instruct or recommend someone to do a particular thing

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He was told to turn off his phone during the movie.
She told her son to clean his room before watching TV.
She kept telling herself to stay focused on the task at hand.
Passengers are required to do as they are told by the flight attendants.
1.4

to provide information or facts about something in non-verbal ways

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The label on the jar told us the ingredients of the product.
The chart tells us the sales performance of the company.
His facial expression told me that he was upset.
The speedometer tells you how fast you are driving.
The map tells us how to get to the destination.
02

to realize or determine with confidence

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2.1

to be able to differentiate a person or thing from another

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I can't tell the difference between these two shirts.
Can you tell which twin is which?
I can tell by the taste that this is a different brand of coffee.
Can you tell which song is the original and which is the cover?
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to have an effect that is noticeable, particularly a harmful one

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She told her family about her exciting job offer.
She told her friend about the new restaurant in town.
Can you tell me about your vacation?
Did he tell you about the new project?
Why wasn't I told about the change in schedule?
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