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Synonyms for tell
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tell, William Tell(verb)

    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. state, say, tell(verb)

    express in words

    "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"

    Synonyms:
    enunciate, express, sound out, aver, recite, enounce, distinguish, recount, secern, state, say, narrate, evidence, suppose, submit, articulate, assure, put forward, posit, severalise, separate, pronounce, enjoin, severalize, secernate, allege, read, tell apart, differentiate, order

  3. tell(verb)

    let something be known

    "Tell them that you will be late"

    Synonyms:
    distinguish, recite, differentiate, say, recount, state, narrate, evidence, assure, severalise, enjoin, severalize, secernate, secern, tell apart, separate, order

  4. tell, narrate, recount, recite(verb)

    narrate or give a detailed account of

    "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"

    Synonyms:
    distinguish, recite, itemise, differentiate, say, recount, state, narrate, evidence, retell, assure, itemize, severalise, declaim, enjoin, severalize, secernate, secern, tell apart, separate, order, enumerate

  5. order, tell, enjoin, say(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    tell apart, distinguish, dictate, suppose, place, ordain, put, differentiate, read, pronounce, range, enjoin, enounce, enunciate, evidence, regulate, state, assure, say, govern, severalize, arrange, separate, regularize, severalise, ordinate, regularise, grade, aver, articulate, secern, set up, allege, rank, consecrate, rate, recite, narrate, recount, sound out, prescribe, order, secernate

  6. tell(verb)

    discern or comprehend

    "He could tell that she was unhappy"

    Synonyms:
    distinguish, recite, differentiate, say, recount, state, narrate, evidence, assure, severalise, enjoin, severalize, secernate, secern, tell apart, separate, order

  7. assure, tell(verb)

    inform positively and with certainty and confidence

    "I tell you that man is a crook!"

    Synonyms:
    tell apart, ensure, reassure, state, say, severalize, recount, control, narrate, promise, enjoin, check, guarantee, secern, differentiate, severalise, separate, recite, ascertain, assure, secernate, see to it, distinguish, insure, order, evidence, secure, see

  8. tell, evidence(verb)

    give evidence

    "he was telling on all his former colleague"

    Synonyms:
    distinguish, demonstrate, recite, certify, differentiate, testify, say, recount, prove, state, bear witness, narrate, evidence, assure, severalise, enjoin, severalize, secernate, secern, tell apart, separate, order, manifest, show, attest

  9. distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart(verb)

    mark as different

    "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

    Synonyms:
    tell apart, distinguish, classify, discriminate, spot, mark, differentiate, sort, signalise, enjoin, split up, key out, evidence, break up, divide, come apart, single out, part, state, pick out, order, carve up, key, severalize, split, assure, speciate, separate, fall apart, severalise, furcate, dissever, signalize, assort, specialize, recount, class, identify, make out, specialise, branch, discern, secern, recognize, recite, name, disunite, recognise, narrate, describe, break, sort out, ramify, fork, discover, secernate, say

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tell

    To announce is to give intelligence of in some formal or public way. We may announce that which has occurred or that which is to occur, tho the word is chiefly used in the anticipative sense; we announce a book when it is in press, a guest when he arrives. We advertise our business, communicate our intentions, enunciate our views; we notify an individual, give notice to the public. Declare has often an authoritative force; to declare war is to cause war to be, where before there may have been only hostilities; we say declare war, proclaim peace. We propound a question or an argument, promulgate the views of a sect or party, or the decision of a court, etc. We report an interview, reveal a secret, herald the coming of some distinguished person or great event. Publish, in popular usage, is becoming closely restricted to the sense of issuing through the press; we announce a book that is to be published.

    Synonyms:
    advertise, announce, circulate, communicate, declare, enunciate, give notice (of), give out, herald, make known, notify, proclaim, promulgate, propound, publish, report, reveal, say, spread abroad, state

    Antonyms:
    bury, conceal, cover (up), hide, hush, keep back, keep secret, secrete, suppress, withhold

    Preposition:
    The event was announced to the family by telegraph.

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tell(v)

    Synonyms:
    mention, recount, relate, narrate, enumerate, advise, inform, recite, disclose, bruit, divulge, proclaim, expose, apprise, peach, communicate, acquaint, notify, reveal, discern

    Antonyms:
    suppress, reserve, withhold, forbear

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "tell":

    say, mean, teii, saying, dis, inform, telling, said, know, explain, talk, announce, this, speak, told

How to pronounce tell?

Alex
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Daniel
British
Karen
Australian
Veena
Indian

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How to use tell in a sentence?

  1. Sanjay Shah:

    We had this line where he says,' Why did I leave ? We are the white people of here,' i can't tell you how many of my minority friends who watch the show reference that line because they felt that way when they have visited their families' home countries.

  2. Maxine Waters:

    If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    I know you can do all things and no plan of yours can be thwarted. That's what (Job 42 : 2) says. And that infers, whatever God has destined to be must prevail. But may I tell you this, when God says that you will be great in life it doesn't mean you won't experience failure, misfortune, setback or thingss like that. Let's take biblical Joseph as a case study. Because, he's a perfect example of what I'm talking about. He (Joseph) was destined to be or become a ruler or leader. But, prior to the manifestation of his destiny. He was challenged, maltreated and even imprisoned. However, because God's plan cannot be thwarted. After all said and done. He finally ruled and became a prime minister/general overseer in a foreign country (Egypt). Having known that, what do I want to publicize in essence? I'm just publicizing that, regardless of whatever you are undergoing or passing through presently. For the fact, you are destined for greatness. You must excel and shine like a star that you are meant to be or become. Yes of course, destiny can only be delayed for awhile. But come what may, it cannot be denied. I mean, destiny must have its way even against all odds.

  4. Debra Hamilton:

    I tell attorneys who are handling divorces, number one, ask if they have kids. Number two, ask if they have pets, these days pets are just as important as kids. Sometimes even more important.

  5. Patrick Mirocha:

    If Kamala HarrisHarris were on the debate stage( with Donald Trump), I think Kamala HarrisHarris'd wax the floor with Donald Trump. Kamala HarrisHarris would just dominate Donald Trump, i watched the Barr confirmation, the( Brett) Kavanaugh confirmation. You can tell Kamala HarrisHarris's a prosecutor. Kamala HarrisHarris's methodical. If you sit back and just kind of listen, really listen, you can tell Kamala HarrisHarris's two steps ahead of them in her questioning.

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