Crossword clues for told
- Chided, with "off"
- *"___ you!" ("See?!")
- Upbraided, with "off"
- Was effective
- Had effect
- "Twice-___ Tales": Hawthorne
- "I ___ you so!"
- Passed the word
- "Twice-___ Tales"
- "I've ___ Ev'ry Little Star," 1932 song
- Hawthorne's "Twice-___ Tales"
- Took effect
- Had an effect
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tell \Tell\ (t[e^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Told (t[=o]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Telling.] [AS. tellan, from talu tale, number, speech; akin to D. tellen to count, G. z["a]hlen, OHG. zellen to count, tell, say, Icel. telja, Dan. tale to speak, t[ae]lle to count. See Tale that which is told.]
To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money. ``An heap of coin he told.''
He telleth the number of the stars.
--Ps. cxlvii. 4.
Tell the joints of the body.
To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.
Of which I shall tell all the array.
And not a man appears to tell their fate.
To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.
Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
--Gen. xii. 18.
To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.
A secret pilgrimage, That you to-day promised to tell me of?
To order; to request; to command.
He told her not to be frightened.
To discern so as to report; to ascertain by observing; to find out; to discover; as, I can not tell where one color ends and the other begins.
To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate. [Obs.]
I ne told no dainity of her love.
Note: Tell, though equivalent in some respect to speak and say, has not always the same application. We say, to tell truth or falsehood, to tell a number, to tell the reasons, to tell something or nothing; but we never say, to tell a speech, discourse, or oration, or to tell an argument or a lesson. It is much used in commands; as, tell me the whole story; tell me all you know.
To tell off, to count; to divide.
--Sir W. Scott.
Syn: To communicate; impart; reveal; disclose; inform; acquaint; report; repeat; rehearse; recite.
Told \Told\ (t[=o]ld), imp. & p. p. of Tell.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
past tense and past participle of tell (v.), from Old English tealde, past tense of tellan.
vb. (en-past of: tell)
let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed" [syn: order, enjoin, say]
discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy"
inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!" [syn: assure]
give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague" [syn: evidence]
Usage examples of "told".
And the merchants told me stories of the far-off, glamorous city which was our goal.
But dimly I recalled how the merchants had told me at morn that there were two days of travelling in a desolation where the way was marked by serried bones, ere we should reach the next oasis.
It was the first item of news that the tavern-keeper told to his guests.
The rider tolds me personally that he would've gots here much sooner but seems some big old white trash woman was blocking the road with her.