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If you see anything suspicious, tell the police.
Didn't he tell you that I wanted to see you?
The passengers were told their flight was about to depart.
Just tell me what she said.
Were you told when she would be arriving?
He finally told me the reason why he was so upset.
'Tell me about your day,' she said.
I haven't been told anything about it.
I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
He tells some absolute whoppers (=big lies) sometimes.
The facts themselves don't tell us much.
Her look of surprise told him that he had guessed right.
The flashing light tells you when the battery needs recharging.
What does this room tell you about the person who lived here?
His troubled face told its own story.
I'm not asking you – I'm telling you!
I told you to be here on time this morning.
I told him what to do, but he wouldn't listen.
You will be told where to sit.
Do as you're told this minute!
He's lying. I can always tell.
Peter could tell that she was bored.
It's never easy to tell whether he's being serious or not.
Which is which? I can't tell.
Can you tell butter from margarine?
They're so alike I can never tell one from the other.
These days it's hard to tell the difference between political parties.
This is the British English definition of tell. View American English definition of tell.
if a horse whinnies, it makes a high sound through its nose and mouth