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Translation of "tell" - English-Spanish dictionary

tell

verb   /tel/ ( past tense and past participle told)
A1 to say something to someone, usually giving them information decir, contar He told me about his new school.
tell someone to do something
A2 to order someone to do something decirle a alguien que haga algo I told you to stay here.
can tell
to know something from what you hear, see, etc. notarse You could tell that he was tired.
→  Phrasal verbs tell someone off
(Definition of tell from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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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