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Dictionary definition for: Tell

1. (n) a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son''s head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap)

2. (v) express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion" "state your name"

3. (v) let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"

4. (v) narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened" "The father told a story to his child"

5. (v) give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home" "She ordered him to do the shopping" "The mother told the child to get dressed"

6. (v) discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy"

7. (v) inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!"

8. (v) give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague"

9. (v) mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

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