(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)


(2)   Mark as different
"We distinguish several kinds of maple"
(3)   Discern or comprehend
"He could tell that she was unhappy"
(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)   Let something be known
"Tell them that you will be late"
(6)   Narrate or give a detailed account of
"Tell what happened"
"The father told a story to his child"
(7)   Give evidence
"He was telling on all his former colleague"
(8)   Express in words
"He said that he wanted to marry her"
"Tell me what is bothering you"
"State your opinion"
"State your name"
(9)   Inform positively and with certainty and confidence
"I tell you that man is a crook!"


  1. To narrate.
    I want to tell a story.
    I want to tell you a story.
  2. To convey by speech.
    Finally, someone told him the truth.
    He seems to like to tell lies.
  3. To instruct or inform.
    Please tell me the time.
  4. To order; to direct.
    Tell him to go away.
  5. To discern, notice, identify or distinguish.
    Can you tell whether those flowers are real or silk, from this distance?
    No, there's no way to tell.
  6. To count or enumerate (see teller)


  1. A mound, originally in the Middle East, over or consisting of the ruins of ancient settlements.