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English definition of “tell”

tell

verb  /tel/ (past tense and past participle told  /toʊld/) us  

tell verb (SAY)

[I/T] to say something to someone, esp. to give instructions or information; report: [T] Can you tell me how to get to the bus station? [I] She told about her travels overseas.

tell verb (SHOW)

[T] to show or give information in ways other than talking: This light tells you when the battery is low.

tell verb (ORDER)

[T] to order someone to do something: I told you to be home by eleven.

tell verb (KNOW)

[I/T] to know or recognize: [I] It’s hard to tell which is better. [T] It’s easy to tell a robin by its red breast. [+ (that) clause] I could tell that you were unhappy. [T] This one is supposed to be better, but how can you tell the difference?
(Definition of tell from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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