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Definition of tell:

  1. A hill or mound.
  2. That which is told; tale; account.
  3. 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.
  4. To give an account; to make report.
  5. To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.
  6. To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate.
  7. To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.
  8. To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money.
  9. To order; to request; to command.
  10. To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells.
  11. To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.


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