Synonyms of tell in English:

tell


See definition of tell

verb

1‘why didn't you tell me about this before?’

SYNONYMS
inform, let know, notify, apprise, make aware, mention something to, acquaint with, advise, put in the picture, brief, fill in, break the news to
alert, warn, forewarn
informal clue in

2‘I hope you are telling the truth’

SYNONYMS
speak, utter, say, voice, state, declare
communicate, make known, impart, divulge, announce, proclaim, broadcast
relate, recount, narrate, give an account of, set forth, unfold, retail, report, chronicle, recite, rehearse, describe, portray, sketch, delineate, depict, paint, weave, spin

3‘Corbett told him to leave’

SYNONYMS
instruct, order, give orders, command, direct, charge, enjoin, call on, require
literary bid

4‘I tell you, I did nothing wrong’

SYNONYMS
assure, promise, give someone one's word, swear, guarantee
dated warrant

5‘the figures tell a different story’

SYNONYMS
reveal, show, be evidence of, give evidence of, disclose, indicate, convey, signify
display, exhibit

6‘promise you won't tell?’

SYNONYMS
give the game away, talk, tell tales, open one's mouth, tattle
informal spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, blab
British informal blow the gaff
ANTONYMS

keep a secret

7‘he was afraid she would tell on him’

SYNONYMS
inform against, inform on, tell tales on, give away, denounce, sell out, stab someone in the back
informal split on, blow the whistle on, rat on, peach on, squeal on, squeak on, stitch up, do the dirty on, sell down the river
British informal grass on, sneak on, shop
North American informal rat out, drop a dime on, drop the dime on, finger
Australian, New Zealand informal dob on, pimp on, pool, shelf, put someone's pot on
rare delate

8‘it was hard to tell what he was thinking’

SYNONYMS
ascertain, decide, determine, work out, make out, deduce, discern, perceive, see, identify, recognize, understand, comprehend
be sure, be certain
informal figure out, get a fix on
British informal suss out

9‘he didn't look as if he could tell a Renoir from a Renault’

SYNONYMS
distinguish, differentiate, tell apart, discriminate

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

SYNONYMS
take its toll on, leave its mark on, have an adverse effect on, affect

Phrases

    tell someone off

    ‘my parents told me off for coming home late’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, reprove, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, criticize, censure

    informal

    give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap someone over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, let someone have it, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, blast, rag, keelhaul

    British informal

    tick off, have a go at, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row

    North American informal

    chew out, ream out

    British vulgar slang

    bollock, give someone a bollocking

    North American vulgar slang

    chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass

    dated

    call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim

    rare

    reprehend, objurgate

    ANTONYMS

    praise