What are some alternative words for tell?

Synonyms for tell
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This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term tell.

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
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say tell in sign language?

  1. tell

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How to use tell in a sentence?

  1. Mariela Diaz:

    I tell the daughters and mothers to think it over before going to those clinics, because they never know how they are going to come out, they should accept what they have naturally.

  2. Mary Trump:

    I saw firsthand what focusing on the wrong things, elevating the wrong people can do -- the collateral damage that can be created by allowing somebody to live their lives without accountability, if I can do anything to change the narrative and to tell the truth, I need to do it. Because I don't believe the American people had the entire truth four years ago.

  3. Christopher Bell:

    I'll tell you what, that's pretty awesome me and Bobby could come here and run 1-2.

  4. Police Cathy Lanier:

    If you're in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it's the best option for saving lives before police can get there, and that's – you know, that's kind of counterintuitive to what cops always tell people, right ? We always tell people, ‘ Don't, you know, don't take action. Call 911. Don't intervene in the robbery. ’ We've never told people, ‘ Take action. ’ It's a different – this is a different scenario.

  5. Patrick Kaser:

    Only time will tell if they're entering at the peak and whether or not they'll be too aggressive.


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