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Synonyms for tell
tɛltell

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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.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tell, William Tellverb

    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, tellverb

    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. tellverb

    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, reciteverb

    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, sayverb

    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. tellverb

    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, tellverb

    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, evidenceverb

    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 apartverb

    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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tellverb

    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

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How to use tell in a sentence?

  1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    I can tell you without fear of contradiction there will be no government shutdown.

  2. Jamie Dimon:

    If it was a hurricane, I would tell you that.

  3. Cellou Dalien Diallo:

    We will carry on with our demonstrations because it is illegal what Conde is doing and it is unfair, i will tell him that this electoral calendar violates the constitution ... and the electoral code.

  4. Wofai Fada:

    I don't even know how I feel, I want the president to say sorry, he must tell us something, ask for time or something, you'll make it up to us.

  5. Spencer Kelly:

    Ask a scientist, they will tell you language doesn’t exist.


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