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Tell vs. Suggest

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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.’;

Suggestverb

(transitive) To imply but stop short of saying explicitly.

‘Are you suggesting that I killed my wife?’;

Tellverb

(transitive) To narrate.

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

Suggestverb

To make one suppose; cause one to suppose (something).

‘The name "hamburger" suggests that hamburgers originated from Hamburg.’;

Tellverb

(transitive) To convey by speech; to say.

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

Suggestverb

(transitive) To mention something as an idea, typically in order to recommend it

‘I’d like to suggest that we go out to lunch.’; ‘I’d like to suggest going out to lunch.’; ‘The guidebook suggests that we visit the local cathedral, which is apparently beautiful.’;

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Tellverb

(transitive) To instruct or inform.

‘Please tell me how to do it.’;

Suggestverb

To seduce; to prompt to evil; to tempt.

Tellverb

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

‘Tell him to go away.’;

Suggestverb

To introduce indirectly to the thoughts; to cause to be thought of, usually by the agency of other objects.

‘Some ideas . . . are suggested to the mind by all the ways of sensation and reflection.’;

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.’;

Suggestverb

To propose with difference or modesty; to hint; to intimate; as, to suggest a difficulty.

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Tellverb

(transitive) To reveal.

‘Time will tell what became of him.’;

Suggestverb

To seduce; to prompt to evil; to tempt.

‘Knowing that tender youth is soon suggested.’;

Tellverb

(intransitive) To be revealed.

Suggestverb

To inform secretly.

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.’;

Suggestverb

To make suggestions; to tempt.

‘And ever weaker grows through acted crime,Or seeming-genial, venial fault,Recurring and suggesting still.’;

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Tellverb

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

Suggestverb

make a proposal, declare a plan for something

Tellverb

To inform someone in authority about a wrongdoing.

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

Suggestverb

imply as a possibility;

‘The evidence suggests a need for more clarification’;

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.’;

Suggestverb

drop a hint; intimate by a hint

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.

Suggestverb

suggest the necessity of an intervention; in medicine;

‘Tetracycline is indicated in such cases’;

Tellnoun

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

Suggestverb

call to mind or evoke

Tellnoun

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

Suggestverb

put forward for consideration

‘I suggest that we wait a day or two’; ‘‘Maybe you ought to get an expert,’ she suggested’; ‘Ruth suggested a holiday’;

Tellnoun

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

Suggestverb

cause one to think that (something) exists or is the case

‘finds of lead coffins suggested a cemetery north of the river’; ‘the temperature wasn't as tropical as the bright sunlight may have suggested’;

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.’;

Suggestverb

state or express indirectly

‘are you suggesting that I should ignore her?’; ‘the seduction scenes suggest his guilt and her loneliness’;

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.’;

Suggestverb

evoke

‘the theatrical interpretation of weather and water almost suggests El Greco’;

Tellverb

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

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

Suggestverb

(of an idea) come into one's mind

‘a simpler explanation suggested itself to me’;

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?’;

Tellverb

To order; to request; to command.

‘He told her not to be frightened.’;

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.

Tellverb

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

‘I ne told no dainity of her love.’;

Tellverb

To give an account; to make report.

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

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.’;

Tellnoun

That which is told; tale; account.

‘I am at the end of my tell.’;

Tellnoun

A hill or mound.

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)

Tellverb

express in words;

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

Tellverb

let something be known;

‘Tell them that you will be late’;

Tellverb

narrate or give a detailed account of;

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

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’;

Tellverb

discern or comprehend;

‘He could tell that she was unhappy’;

Tellverb

inform positively and with certainty and confidence;

‘I tell you that man is a crook!’;

Tellverb

give evidence;

‘he was telling on all his former colleague’;

Tellverb

mark as different;

‘We distinguish several kinds of maple’;

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’;

Tellverb

order or advise someone to do something

‘tell him to go away’;

Tellverb

relate (a story)

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

Tellverb

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

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

Tellverb

divulge confidential or private information

‘promise you won't tell’;

Tellverb

inform someone of the misdemeanours of

‘friends don't tell on each other’;

Tellverb

decide or determine correctly or with certainty

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

Tellverb

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

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

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’;

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’;

Tellverb

count (the members of a group)

‘the shepherd had told all his sheep’;

Tellnoun

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

Tellnoun

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

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