Synonyms of tell


1. Tell, William Tell

usage: a Swiss patriot who lived in the early 14th century and who was renowned for his skill as an archer; according to legend an Austrian governor compelled him to shoot an apple from his son's head with his crossbow (which he did successfully without mishap)


1. state, say, tell, express, verbalize, verbalise, utter, give tongue to

usage: express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"

2. tell, inform

usage: let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"

3. tell, narrate, recount, recite, inform

usage: narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"

4. order, tell, enjoin, say, request

usage: 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"

5. tell, guess, infer

usage: discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy"

6. assure, tell, affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear

usage: inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!"

7. tell, evidence, inform

usage: give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague"

8. distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart, identify, place

usage: mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

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