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Meaning of "tell" in Essential American English Dictionary

tell

verb   /tel/ ( past tense and past participle told)
A1 to say something to someone, usually giving the person information: He told me about his new school.
tell someone to do something
A2 to order someone to do something: I told you to stay here.
can tell
to know something from what you hear, see, etc.: You could tell that he was tired.
(Definition of tell from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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