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tell

verb (KNOW)    /tel/ (told, told)
B2 [I or T] to know , recognize , or be certain : "He's Dutch ." "How can you tell?" [+ (that)] I could tell (that) you were unhappy .Knowing and learning B2 [T] If something tells you something, it gives you information : What does the survey tell us about the lives of teenagers ? tell the difference C1 to notice a difference in quality between two things: This coffee is about half the price of that one and yet you really can't tell the difference .Identifying tell sb's fortune (also tell fortunes) to say what will happen in someone's future : At the fair , there was a lady who told your fortune .Predicting things and intuition tell the time to be able to understand a clock : My daughter has just learned to tell the time .Watches and clocks there is no telling there is no way of knowing : There is no telling what the future will hold for them.Predicting things and intuition you never can tell B2 (also you can never tell) said to mean that you can never know or be certain : Who knows what will happen to Peter and me in the future - you can never tell.UncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
(Definition of tell verb (KNOW) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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