(past tense and past participle told [təʊld] ) verb
1) [T] to give information to someone
If you see anything suspicious, tell the police.[/ex]
Didn't he tell you that I wanted to see you?[/ex]
Just tell me what she said.[/ex]
He finally told me the reason he was so upset.[/ex]
‘Tell me about your day,' she said.[/ex]
I haven't been told anything about it.[/ex]
2) [T] if something such as a fact, event, or piece of equipment tells you something, it gives you or shows you some information
The flashing light tells you when the battery needs recharging.[/ex]
What does this room tell you about the person who lived here?[/ex]
3) [T] if you tell a story or a joke, you give someone a spoken account of it
Grandpa tells wonderful stories about the old days.[/ex]
Shall I tell you a joke?[/ex]
4) [T] to order or strongly advise someone to do something
I'm not asking you – I'm telling you![/ex]
I told you to be here on time this morning.[/ex]
I told him what to do, but he wouldn't listen.[/ex]
5) [I/T] to recognize something as a result of experience or evidence
He's lying. I can always tell.[/ex]
It's never easy to tell whether he's being serious or not.[/ex]
Peter could tell that she was bored.[/ex]
6) to have an effect that can be clearly seen, especially a bad effect
The strain of the last few days was beginning to tell.[/ex]
7) [I/T] to recognize the difference between one person or thing and another
Which is which? I can't tell.[/ex]
These days it's hard to tell the difference between political parties.[/ex]
Can you tell butter from margarine?[/ex]
8) [I] informal
to not keep a secret
You promised you wouldn't tell.[/ex]
(I'll) tell you what — used when you are going to make a suggestion, proposal, or offer[/ex]
[i]I'll tell you what - let's have the party here.[/ex]
I'm telling you; I tell youspokenused for emphasizing that what you are saying is true, although it may seem surprising or hard to believe[/ex]
I'm telling you - that's how it happened.[/ex]
I told you (so) — used for saying that you warned someone that something bad would happen and that you have now been proved to be right[/ex]
tell the time — to know what time it is when you look at a clock or watch[/ex]
there's no telling who/what/when/how etc — used for saying that it is impossible to be certain about something[/ex]
There was no telling how he would react.[/ex]
you never can tell — used for saying that it is impossible to be certain about something[/ex]
You can never tell how long these meetings will last.[/ex]
- tell sb/sth apart
- tell sb off

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