Definition of TELLS

noun : TELLS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 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) ;

verb : TELLS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

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

  • 2. (

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

  • 4. (

    ) 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. (

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

  • 6. (

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


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