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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Tell v. t. [imp. & p. p. Told p. pr. & vb. n. Telling.]
 1. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money. “An heap of coin he told.”
    He telleth the number of the stars.   --Ps. cxlvii. 4.
    Tell the joints of the body.   --Jer. Taylor.
 2. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.
    Of which I shall tell all the array.   --Chaucer.
    And not a man appears to tell their fate.   --Pope.
 3. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.
    Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?   --Gen. xii. 18.
 4. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.
 A secret pilgrimage,
 That you to-day promised to tell me of?   --Shak.
 5. To order; to request; to command.
    He told her not to be frightened.   --Dickens.
 6. To discern so as to report; to ascertain by observing; to find out; to discover; as, I can not tell where one color ends and the other begins.
 7. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate. [Obs.]
    I ne told no dainity of her love.   --Chaucer.
 Note:Tell, though equivalent in some respect to speak and say, has not always the same application. We say, to tell truth or falsehood, to tell a number, to tell the reasons, to tell something or nothing; but we never say, to tell a speech, discourse, or oration, or to tell an argument or a lesson. It is much used in commands; as, tell me the whole story; tell me all you know.
 To tell off, to count; to divide. --Sir W. Scott.
 Syn: -- To communicate; impart; reveal; disclose; inform; acquaint; report; repeat; rehearse; recite.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Told imp. & p. p. of Tell.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See tell