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Etymology 1

Old English tellan

Verb

Infinitive
to tell

Third person singular
tells

Simple past
told

Past participle
-

Present participle
telling

to tell (third-person singular simple present tells, present participle telling, simple past and past participle told)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To narrate.
    I want to tell a story.
    I want to tell you a story.
  2. (transitive) To pass information by speech.
    You should tell her that you love her.
  3. (transitive) To instruct or inform.
    Tell him to go away.
    Please tell me the time.
  4. (intransitive) To discern, notice, identify or distinguish.
    Can you tell whether those flowers are real or silk, from this distance?
    No, there's no way to tell.
  5. (intransitive) To have a marked effect
    The mace dealt a telling blow to his right shoulder.
  6. To count or enumerate (see teller)
Synonyms
Antonyms
  • (to instruct or inform): ask
Derived terms
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Etymology 2

From the verb tell

Noun

Singular
tell

Plural
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  1. (poker) A giveaway sign, especially one used in the game of poker.

Etymology 3

From Arabic

Noun

Singular
tell

Plural
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  1. a mound in the Middle East over or consisting of the ruins of ancient settlements

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