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Give vs. Tell

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Giveverb

(ditransitive) To move, shift, provide something abstract or concrete to someone or something or somewhere.

Tellverb

(transitive) To count, reckon, or enumerate.

‘All told, there were over a dozen.’; ‘Can you tell time on a clock?’; ‘He had untold wealth.’;

Giveverb

To transfer one's possession or holding of (something) to (someone).

‘I gave him my coat.’; ‘I gave my coat to the beggar.’; ‘When they asked, I gave my coat.’;

Tellverb

(transitive) To narrate.

‘I want to tell a story;’; ‘I want to tell you a story.’;

Giveverb

To make a present or gift of.

‘I'm going to give my wife a necklace for her birthday.’; ‘She gave a pair of shoes to her husband for their anniversary.’; ‘He gives of his energies to the organization.’;

Tellverb

(transitive) To convey by speech; to say.

‘Finally, someone told him the truth.’; ‘He seems to like to tell lies.’;

Giveverb

To pledge.

‘I gave him my word that I'd protect his children.’;

Tellverb

(transitive) To instruct or inform.

‘Please tell me how to do it.’;

Giveverb

To provide (something) to (someone), to allow or afford.

‘I gave them permission to miss tomorrow's class.’; ‘Please give me some more time.’;

Tellverb

(transitive) To order; to direct, to say to someone.

‘Tell him to go away.’;

Giveverb

To cause (a sensation or feeling) to exist in.

‘It gives me a lot of pleasure to be here tonight.’; ‘The fence gave me an electric shock.’; ‘My mother-in-law gives me nothing but grief.’;

Tellverb

(intransitive) 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.’;

Giveverb

To carry out (a physical interaction) with (something).

‘I want to give you a kiss.’; ‘She gave him a hug.’; ‘I'd like to give the tire a kick.’; ‘I gave the boy a push on the swing.’; ‘She gave me a wink afterwards, so I knew she was joking.’;

Tellverb

(transitive) To reveal.

‘Time will tell what became of him.’;

Giveverb

To pass (something) into (someone's) hand or the like.

‘Give me your hand.’; ‘On entering the house, he gave his coat to the doorman.’;

Tellverb

(intransitive) To be revealed.

Giveverb

To cause (a disease or condition) in, or to transmit (a disease or condition) to.

‘My boyfriend gave me chlamydia.’; ‘He was convinced that it was his alcoholism that gave him cancer.’;

Tellverb

(intransitive) To have an effect, especially a noticeable one; to be apparent, to be demonstrated.

‘Sir Gerald was moving slower; his wounds were beginning to tell.’;

Giveverb

(ditransitive) To estimate or predict (a duration or probability) for (something).

‘I give it ten minutes before he gives up.’; ‘I give it a 95% chance of success.’; ‘I'll give their marriage six months.’;

Tellverb

To use beads or similar objects as an aid to prayer.

Giveverb

(intransitive) To yield slightly when a force is applied.

Tellverb

To inform someone in authority about a wrongdoing.

‘I saw you steal those sweets! I'm going to tell!’;

Giveverb

(intransitive) To collapse under pressure or force.

‘One pillar gave, then more, and suddenly the whole floor pancaked onto the floor below.’;

Tellverb

To reveal information in prose through outright expository statement -- contrasted with show

‘Maria rewrote the section of her novel that talked about Meg and Sage's friendship to have less telling and more showing.’;

Giveverb

(transitive) To provide, as, a service or a broadcast.

‘They're giving my favorite show!’;

Tellnoun

A reflexive, often habitual behavior, especially one occurring in a context that often features attempts at deception by persons under psychological stress (such as a poker game or police interrogation), that reveals information that the person exhibiting the behavior is attempting to withhold.

Giveverb

(intransitive) To lead (onto or into).

‘The master bedroom gives onto a spacious balcony.’;

Tellnoun

(archaic) That which is told; a tale or account.

Giveverb

To provide a view of.

‘His window gave the park.’;

Tellnoun

(internet) A private message to an individual in a chat room; a whisper.

Giveverb

To exhibit as a product or result; to produce; to yield.

‘The number of men, divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred to each ship.’;

Tellnoun

(archaeology) A hill or mound, originally and especially in the Middle East, over or consisting of the ruins of ancient settlements.

Giveverb

To cause; to make; used with the infinitive.

Tellverb

To mention one by one, or piece by piece; to recount; to enumerate; to reckon; to number; to count; as, to tell money.

‘He telleth the number of the stars.’; ‘Tell the joints of the body.’;

Giveverb

To cause (someone) to have; produce in (someone); effectuate.

Tellverb

To utter or recite in detail; to give an account of; to narrate.

‘Of which I shall tell all the array.’; ‘And not a man appears to tell their fate.’;

Giveverb

To allow or admit by way of supposition; to concede.

‘He can be bad-tempered, I'll give you that, but he's a hard worker.’;

Tellverb

To make known; to publish; to disclose; to divulge.

‘Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?’;

Giveverb

To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.

Tellverb

To give instruction to; to make report to; to acquaint; to teach; to inform.

‘A secret pilgrimage,That you to-day promised to tell me of?’;

Giveverb

To communicate or announce (advice, tidings, etc.); to pronounce or utter (an opinion, a judgment, a shout, etc.).

Tellverb

To order; to request; to command.

‘He told her not to be frightened.’;

Giveverb

(dated) To grant power or permission to; to allow.

Tellverb

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.

Giveverb

(reflexive) To devote or apply (oneself).

‘The soldiers give themselves to plunder.’; ‘That boy is given to fits of bad temper.’;

Tellverb

To make account of; to regard; to reckon; to value; to estimate.

‘I ne told no dainity of her love.’;

Giveverb

(obsolete) To become soft or moist.

Tellverb

To give an account; to make report.

‘That I may publish with the voice of thankgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.’;

Giveverb

(obsolete) To shed tears; to weep.

Tellverb

To take effect; to produce a marked effect; as, every shot tells; every expression tells.

‘Lest they should tell on us, saying, So did David.’;

Giveverb

(obsolete) To have a misgiving.

Tellnoun

That which is told; tale; account.

‘I am at the end of my tell.’;

Giveverb

To be going on, to be occurring

‘What gives?’;

Tellnoun

A hill or mound.

Givenoun

(uncountable) The amount of bending that something undergoes when a force is applied to it; a tendency to yield under pressure; resilence.

‘This chair doesn't have much give.’; ‘There is no give in his dogmatic religious beliefs.’;

Tellnoun

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)

Giveverb

To bestow without receiving a return; to confer without compensation; to impart, as a possession; to grant, as authority or permission; to yield up or allow.

‘For generous lords had rather give than pay.’;

Tellverb

express in words;

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

Giveverb

To yield possesion of; to deliver over, as property, in exchange for something; to pay; as, we give the value of what we buy.

‘What shall a man give in exchange for his soul ?’;

Tellverb

let something be known;

‘Tell them that you will be late’;

Giveverb

To yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, flint and steel give sparks.

Tellverb

narrate or give a detailed account of;

‘Tell what happened’; ‘The father told a story to his child’;

Giveverb

To communicate or announce, as advice, tidings, etc.; to pronounce; to render or utter, as an opinion, a judgment, a sentence, a shout, etc.

Tellverb

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’;

Giveverb

To grant power or license to; to permit; to allow; to license; to commission.

‘It is given me once again to behold my friend.’; ‘Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine.’;

Tellverb

discern or comprehend;

‘He could tell that she was unhappy’;

Giveverb

To exhibit as a product or result; to produce; to show; as, the number of men, divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred to each ship.

Tellverb

inform positively and with certainty and confidence;

‘I tell you that man is a crook!’;

Giveverb

To devote; to apply; used reflexively, to devote or apply one's self; as, the soldiers give themselves to plunder; also in this sense used very frequently in the past participle; as, the people are given to luxury and pleasure; the youth is given to study.

Tellverb

give evidence;

‘he was telling on all his former colleague’;

Giveverb

To set forth as a known quantity or a known relation, or as a premise from which to reason; - used principally in the passive form given.

Tellverb

mark as different;

‘We distinguish several kinds of maple’;

Giveverb

To allow or admit by way of supposition.

‘I give not heaven for lost.’;

Tellverb

communicate information to someone in spoken or written words

‘we must be told the facts’; ‘‘We have nothing in common,’ she told him’; ‘he's telling the truth’; ‘I told her you were coming’;

Giveverb

To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.

‘I don't wonder at people's giving him to me as a lover.’;

Tellverb

order or advise someone to do something

‘tell him to go away’;

Giveverb

To excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, to give offense; to give pleasure or pain.

Tellverb

relate (a story)

‘he tried to make the children laugh by telling jokes’; ‘tell me the story again’;

Giveverb

To pledge; as, to give one's word.

Tellverb

reveal (information) to someone in a non-verbal way

‘the smile on her face told him everything’; ‘the figures tell a different story’;

Giveverb

To cause; to make; - with the infinitive; as, to give one to understand, to know, etc.

‘But there the duke was given to understandThat in a gondola were seen togetherLorenzo and his amorous Jessica.’;

Tellverb

divulge confidential or private information

‘promise you won't tell’;

Giveverb

To afford a view of; as, his window gave the park.

‘Whatsoever we employ in charitable uses during our lives, is given away from ourselves.’; ‘I fear our ears have given us the bag.’; ‘One that gives out himself Prince Florizel.’; ‘Give out you are of Epidamnum.’; ‘The Babylonians had given themselves over to all manner of vice.’; ‘He has . . . given upFor certain drops of salt, your city Rome.’; ‘I'll not state themBy giving up their characters.’;

Tellverb

inform someone of the misdemeanours of

‘friends don't tell on each other’;

Giveverb

To give a gift or gifts.

Tellverb

decide or determine correctly or with certainty

‘I couldn't tell if he believed me’; ‘you can tell they're in love’;

Giveverb

To yield to force or pressure; to relax; to become less rigid; as, the earth gives under the feet.

Tellverb

perceive (the difference between one person or thing and another)

‘I can't tell the difference between margarine and butter’;

Giveverb

To become soft or moist.

Tellverb

(of an experience or period of time) have a noticeable, typically harmful, effect on someone

‘the strain of supporting the family was beginning to tell on him’;

Giveverb

To move; to recede.

‘Now back he gives, then rushes on amain.’;

Tellverb

(of a particular factor) play a part in the success or otherwise of someone or something

‘lack of fitness told against him on his first run of the season’;

Giveverb

To shed tears; to weep.

‘Whose eyes do never giveBut through lust and laughter.’;

Tellverb

count (the members of a group)

‘the shepherd had told all his sheep’;

Giveverb

To have a misgiving.

‘My mind gives ye're reservedTo rob poor market women.’;

Tellnoun

(especially in poker) an unconscious action that is thought to betray an attempted deception.

Giveverb

To open; to lead.

‘This, yielding, gave into a grassy walk.’; ‘They gave back and came no farther.’; ‘The Scots battalion was enforced to give in.’; ‘This consideration may induce a translator to give in to those general phrases.’; ‘Rooms which gave upon a pillared porch.’; ‘The gloomy staircase on which the grating gave.’; ‘It would be well for all authors, if they knew when to give over, and to desist from any further pursuits after fame.’;

Tellnoun

(in the Middle East) an artificial mound formed by the accumulated remains of ancient settlements.

Givenoun

the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length

Giveverb

cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense;

‘She gave him a black eye’; ‘The draft gave me a cold’;

Giveverb

be the cause or source of;

‘He gave me a lot of trouble’; ‘Our meeting afforded much interesting information’;

Giveverb

transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody;

‘I gave her my money’; ‘can you give me lessons?’; ‘She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care’;

Giveverb

convey or reveal information;

‘Give one's name’;

Giveverb

convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow;

‘Don't pay him any mind’; ‘give the orders’; ‘Give him my best regards’; ‘pay attention’;

Giveverb

organize or be responsible for;

‘hold a reception’; ‘have, throw, or make a party’; ‘give a course’;

Giveverb

convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture;

‘Throw a glance’; ‘She gave me a dirty look’;

Giveverb

give as a present; make a gift of;

‘What will you give her for her birthday?’;

Giveverb

bring about;

‘His two singles gave the team the victory’;

Giveverb

dedicate;

‘give thought to’; ‘give priority to’; ‘pay attention to’;

Giveverb

give or supply;

‘The cow brings in 5 liters of milk’; ‘This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn’; ‘The estate renders some revenue for the family’;

Giveverb

tell or deposit (information) knowledge;

‘give a secret to the Russians’; ‘leave your name and address here’;

Giveverb

bring about;

‘The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth’;

Giveverb

leave with; give temporarily;

‘Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?’; ‘Can I give you the children for the weekend?’;

Giveverb

emit or utter;

‘Give a gulp’; ‘give a yelp’;

Giveverb

endure the loss of;

‘He gave his life for his children’; ‘I gave two sons to the war’;

Giveverb

place into the hands or custody of;

‘hand me the spoon, please’; ‘Turn the files over to me, please’; ‘He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers’;

Giveverb

give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause;

‘She committed herself to the work of God’; ‘give one's talents to a good cause’; ‘consecrate your life to the church’;

Giveverb

give (as medicine);

‘I gave him the drug’;

Giveverb

give or convey physically;

‘She gave him First Aid’; ‘I gave him a punch in the nose’;

Giveverb

bestow;

‘give hommage’; ‘render thanks’;

Giveverb

bestow, especially officially;

‘grant a degree’; ‘give a divorce’; ‘This bill grants us new rights’;

Giveverb

move in order to make room for someone for something;

‘The park gave way to a supermarket’; ‘`Move over,' he told the crowd’;

Giveverb

give food to;

‘Feed the starving children in India’; ‘don't give the child this tough meat’;

Giveverb

contribute to some cause;

‘I gave at the office’;

Giveverb

break down, literally or metaphorically;

‘The wall collapsed’; ‘The business collapsed’; ‘The dam broke’; ‘The roof collapsed’; ‘The wall gave in’; ‘The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice’;

Giveverb

estimate the duration or outcome of something;

‘He gave the patient three months to live’; ‘I gave him a very good chance at success’;

Giveverb

execute and deliver;

‘Give bond’;

Giveverb

deliver in exchange or recompense;

‘I'll give you three books for four CDs’;

Giveverb

afford access to;

‘the door opens to the patio’; ‘The French doors give onto a terrace’;

Giveverb

present to view;

‘He gave the sign to start’;

Giveverb

perform for an audience;

‘Pollini is giving another concert in New York’;

Giveverb

be flexible under stress of physical force;

‘This material doesn't give’;

Giveverb

propose;

‘He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party’;

Giveverb

legal use: accord by verdict;

‘give a decision for the plaintiff’;

Giveverb

manifest or show;

‘This student gives promise of real creativity’; ‘The office gave evidence of tampering’;

Giveverb

offer in good faith;

‘He gave her his word’;

Giveverb

submit for consideration, judgment, or use;

‘give one's opinion’; ‘give an excuse’;

Giveverb

guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion;

‘You gave me to think that you agreed with me’;

Giveverb

allow to have or take;

‘I give you two minutes to respond’;

Giveverb

inflict as a punishment;

‘She gave the boy a good spanking’; ‘The judge gave me 10 years’;

Giveverb

occur;

‘what gives?’;

Giveverb

consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man;

‘She gave herself to many men’;

Giveverb

proffer (a body part);

‘She gave her hand to her little sister’;

Giveverb

freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone)

‘he gave the papers back’; ‘the cheque given to the jeweller proved worthless’; ‘she gave him presents and clothes’;

Giveverb

administer (medicine)

‘she was given antibiotics’;

Giveverb

hand over (an amount) in payment; pay

‘how much did you give for that?’;

Giveverb

used hyperbolically to express how greatly one wants to have or do something

‘I'd give anything for a cup of tea’;

Giveverb

commit or entrust

‘a baby given into their care by the accident of her birth’;

Giveverb

freely set aside or devote for a purpose

‘committees who give so generously of their time and effort’; ‘all who have given thought to the matter agree’;

Giveverb

(of a man) sanction the marriage of (his daughter) to someone

‘he gave her in marriage to a noble’;

Giveverb

(of a woman) consent to have sexual intercourse with (a man)

‘she gave herself to the king in order to obtain the pardon of her father’;

Giveverb

used to present a speaker or entertainer or when making a toast

‘for your entertainment this evening I give you … Mister Albert DeNero!’;

Giveverb

cause or allow (someone or something) to have or experience (something); provide with

‘you gave me such a fright’; ‘this leaflet gives our opening times’;

Giveverb

provide (love or other emotional support) to

‘his parents gave him the encouragement he needed to succeed’;

Giveverb

sentence (someone) to (a specified penalty)

‘for the first offence I was given a fine’;

Giveverb

allot (a score) to

‘I gave it five out of ten’;

Giveverb

allow (someone) to have (a specified amount of time) for an activity or undertaking

‘give me a second to bring the car around’; ‘I'll give you until tomorrow morning’;

Giveverb

pass on (an illness or infection) to (someone)

‘I hope I don't give you my cold’;

Giveverb

pass (a message) to (someone)

‘give my love to all the girls’;

Giveverb

make a connection to allow (someone) to speak to (someone else) on the telephone

‘give me the police’;

Giveverb

carry out or perform (a specified action)

‘he gave the counter a polish’; ‘I gave a bow’;

Giveverb

produce (a sound)

‘he gave a gasp’;

Giveverb

present (an appearance or impression)

‘he gave no sign of life’;

Giveverb

provide (a party or social meal) as host or hostess

‘Kate gave him a leaving party’; ‘a dinner given in honour of an American diplomat’;

Giveverb

yield as a product or result

‘milk is sometimes added to give a richer cheese’;

Giveverb

emit odour, vapour, or similar substances

‘some solvents give off toxic fumes’;

Giveverb

concede (something) as valid or deserved in respect of (someone)

‘give him his due’;

Giveverb

place a specified value on (something)

‘he never gave anything for French painting’;

Giveverb

(of an umpire or referee) declare whether or not (a player) is out or offside

‘Gooch was given out, caught behind’;

Giveverb

adjudicate that (a goal) has been legitimately scored

‘the referee gave the goal’;

Giveverb

state or put forward (information or argument)

‘he did not give his name’;

Giveverb

pledge or offer as a guarantee

‘I give you my word’;

Giveverb

say to (someone) as an excuse or inappropriate answer

‘don't give me any of your backchat’;

Giveverb

deliver (a judgement) authoritatively

‘I gave my verdict’;

Giveverb

predict that (an activity or relationship) will last no longer than (a specified time)

‘this is a place that will not improve with time—I give it three weeks’;

Giveverb

tell what one knows

‘okay, give—what's that all about?’;

Giveverb

alter in shape under pressure rather than resist or break

‘that chair doesn't give’;

Giveverb

yield or give way to pressure

‘the heavy door didn't give until the fifth push’; ‘when two people who don't get on are thrust together, something's got to give’;

Giveverb

concede defeat; surrender

‘I give!’;

Givenoun

capacity to bend or alter in shape under pressure

‘plastic pots that have enough give to accommodate the vigorous roots’;

Givenoun

ability to adapt; flexibility

‘there is no give at all in the British position’;

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