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Definition 1: 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) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for tell in the sense of this definition

(tell is an instance of ...) a person who is expert in the use of a bow and arrow

Definition 2: discern or comprehend - [verb of cognition]

Samples where tell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He could tell that she was unhappy

(tell is a kind of ...) guess correctly; solve by guessing

"He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"

Definition 3: mark as different - [verb of cognition]

Samples where tell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We distinguish several kinds of maple

Synonyms for tell in the sense of this definition

(tell is a kind of ...) recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something

"She identified the man on the `wanted' poster"

(... is a kind of tell ) be able to distinguish, recognize as being different

"The child knows right from wrong"

(... is a kind of tell ) treat differently on the basis of sex or race

(... is a kind of tell ) separate clearly, as if by boundaries

(... is a kind of tell ) regard as unconnected

"you must dissociate these two events!" "decouple our foreign policy from ideology"

(... is a kind of tell ) distinguish by contrasting qualities

(... is a kind of tell ) distinguish or separate

(... is a kind of tell ) be distinguished from others of a similar type by virtue of a notable characteristic

"it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"

(... is a kind of tell ) put in opposition to show or emphasize differences

"The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"

(... is a kind of tell ) make or mark or treat as individual

"The sounds were individualized by sharpness and tone"

(... is a kind of tell ) tell the sex (of young chickens)

(... is a kind of tell ) distinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom

(... is a kind of tell ) distinguish (an element or atom) by using a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass for tracing through chemical reactions

(... is a kind of tell ) recognize or perceive the difference

(... is a kind of tell ) divide society into social classes or castes

"Income distribution often stratifies a society"

(tell implies ...) examine and note the similarities or differences of

"John compared his haircut to his friend's" "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"

Definition 4: let something be known - [verb of communication]

Samples where tell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Tell them that you will be late

(tell is a kind of ...) impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to

"I informed him of his rights"

(... is a kind of tell ) lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking

"She always digresses when telling a story" "her mind wanders" "Don't digress when you give a lecture"

(... is a kind of tell ) foreshadow or presage

(... is a kind of tell ) subject to propaganda

(... is a kind of tell ) to say, state, or perform again

"She kept reiterating her request"

(... is a kind of tell ) make public

"She aired her opinions on welfare"

(... is a kind of tell ) reveal information

"If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!" "The former employee spilled all the details"

(... is a kind of tell ) make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

"The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold" "The actress won't reveal how old she is" "bring out the truth" "he broke the news to her" "unwrap the evidence in the murder case" "The newspaper uncovered the President's illegal dealings"

(... is a kind of tell ) be a signal for or a symptom of

"These symptoms indicate a serious illness" "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis" "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"

(... is a kind of tell ) transmit (knowledge or skills)

"give a secret to the Russians" "leave your name and address here" "impart a new skill to the students"

Definition 5: narrate or give a detailed account of - [verb of communication]

Samples where tell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Tell what happened
  • The father told a story to his child

Synonyms for tell in the sense of this definition

(tell is a kind of ...) impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to

"I informed him of his rights"

(... is a kind of tell ) give an account of

"The witness related the events"

(... is a kind of tell ) tell spontaneously

"crack a joke"

(... is a kind of tell ) tell or spin a yarn

(... is a kind of tell ) recite a rhapsody

Definition 6: give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority - [verb of communication]

Samples where tell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I said to him to go home
  • She ordered him to do the shopping
  • The mother told the child to get dressed

Synonyms for tell in the sense of this definition

(tell is a kind of ...) ask (a person) to do something

"She asked him to be here at noon" "I requested that she type the entire manuscript"

(... is a kind of tell ) command with authority

"He directed the children to do their homework"

(... is a kind of tell ) give instructions or directions for some task

"She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation"

(... is a kind of tell ) make someone do something

(... is a kind of tell ) order, request, or command to come

"She was called into the director's office" "Call the police!"

(... is a kind of tell ) ask to go away

"The old man warned the children off his property"

(... is a kind of tell ) (medicine) order the use of (a treatment, medicine, etc.), usually by written prescription

"the doctor prescribed steroids for my ear trouble"

Definition 7: give evidence - [verb of communication]

Samples where tell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was telling on all his former colleague

Synonyms for tell in the sense of this definition

(tell is a kind of ...) act as an informer

"She had informed on her own parents for years"

Definition 8: express in words - [verb of communication]

Samples where tell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He said that he wanted to marry her
  • tell me what is bothering you
  • state your opinion
  • state your name

Synonyms for tell in the sense of this definition

(tell is a kind of ...) articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

"She expressed her anger" "He uttered a curse"

(... is a kind of tell ) bring forward and present to the mind

"We presented the arguments to him" "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"

(... is a kind of tell ) convey or reveal information

"Give one's name"

(... is a kind of tell ) define

"The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean"

(... is a kind of tell ) state or say further

"`It doesn't matter,' he supplied"

(... is a kind of tell ) make mention of

"She observed that his presentation took up too much time" "They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"

(... is a kind of tell ) make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official

"Do you have anything to declare?"

(... is a kind of tell ) state emphatically and authoritatively

"He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"

(... is a kind of tell ) express with difficulty

"I managed to get out a few words"

(... is a kind of tell ) express or state clearly

(... is a kind of tell ) announce publicly or officially

"The President declared war"

(... is a kind of tell ) furnish with a preface or introduction

"She always precedes her lectures with a joke" "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"

(... is a kind of tell ) react verbally

"She didn't want to answer" "answer the question" "We answered that we would accept the invitation"

(... is a kind of tell ) state something incorrectly

"You misstated my position"

(... is a kind of tell ) be a summary of

"The abstract summarizes the main ideas in the paper"

(tell has a similar meaning as ...) state as one's opinion or judgement; declare

"I say let's forget this whole business"

Definition 9: inform positively and with certainty and confidence - [verb of communication]

Samples where tell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I tell you that man is a crook!

Synonyms for tell in the sense of this definition

(tell is a kind of ...) to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

"Before God I swear I am innocent"

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