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tell

verb /tel/ ( past tense, past participle told /tould/)
to inform or give information to (a person) about (something)
contar
He told the whole story to John He told John about it.
to order or command; to suggest or warn
decir, mandar
I told him to go away.
to say or express in words
decir, contar
I dont like to telling lies. He wants to tell us a story.
to distinguish; to see (a difference); to know or decide
ver (la diferencia), distinguir, reconocer
Can you tell the difference between them? I can’t tell one from the other You can tell if the meat is cooked by/from the colour.
to give away a secret
contar, revelar
You mustn’t tell or we’ll get into trouble.
to be effective; to be seen to give (good) results
notarse, hacerse notar
Good teaching will always tell.
teller noun a person who receives or pays out money over the counter at a bank.
cajero
a person who tells (stories)
narrador
a story-teller.
telling adjective having a great effect
eficaz
a telling argument.
tellingly adverb
eficazmente
Tellingly, she avoided mentioning Peter throughout the whole evening.
telltale adjective giving information (often which a person would not wish to be known)
revelador
the telltale signs of guilt.
I told you so ( spoken ) I told or warned you that this would happen, had happened etc, and I was right
(ya) te lo dije
’I told you so, but you wouldn’t believe me.’
tell off phrasal verb to scold
reñir, regañar, cantar las cuarenta; echar bronca
The teacher used to tell me off for not doing my homework ( telling-offnoun) He gave me a good telling-off.
tell on phrasal verb to have a bad effect on
perjudicar
Smoking began to tell on his health.
to give information about (a person, usually if they are doing something wrong)
chivarse
I’m late for work – don’t tell on me!
tell tales to give away secret or private information about the ( usually wrong) actions of others
chivarse, soplar
You must never tell tales.
tell the time to (be able to) know what time it is by looking at a clock etc or by any other means
saber/decir la hora
He can tell the time from the position of the sun Could you tell me the time, please?
there’s no telling it is impossible to know
no se sabe, vete a saber
There’s no telling what he’ll do!
you never can tell it is possible
nunca se sabe
It might rain – you never can tell.
(Definition of tell from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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