|1.||[ verb ] express an idea, etc. in words|
"He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion"
|Related terms:||express add give answer note declare declare present announce explain get_out play_down preface articulate sum misstate declare say statement narrator affirmation|
|2.||[ verb ] let something be known|
"Tell them that you will be late"
|Related terms:||inform bespeak repeat disclose impart talk publicize announce digress propagandize tell_off|
|3.||[ verb ] narrate or give a detailed account of|
|Synonyms:||recount recite spin narrate|
"Tell what happened" "The father told a story to his child"
|Related terms:||inform relate yarn crack rhapsodize narration narration narrator recital narration relation|
|4.||[ verb ] give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority|
|Synonyms:||order say enjoin|
"I said to him to go home" "She ordered him to do the shopping" "The mother told the child to get dressed"
|Related terms:||request call direct command instruct warn injunction|
|5.||[ verb ] discern or comprehend|
"He could tell that she was unhappy"
|6.||[ verb ] inform positively and with certainty and confidence|
"I tell you that man is a crook!"
|7.||[ verb ] give evidence|
|Synonyms:||evidence demonstrate ascertain|
"he was telling on all his former colleague"
|Related terms:||confirm inform recognize evidence|
|8.||[ verb ] mark as different|
|Synonyms:||distinguish separate differentiate severalise secernate tell_apart severalize secern|
"We distinguish several kinds of maple"
|Related terms:||identify contrast discriminate contrast label demarcate stratify discriminate label know contradistinguish severalize dissociate individualize sex differentiation differentiator compare|
|9.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 19930|
|10.||[ noun ] 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)|