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told

 (tōld)
v.
Past tense and past participle of tell1.

told

(təʊld)
vb
the past tense and past participle of tell1
adj

told

(toʊld)

v.
pt. and pp. of tell.
Idioms:
all told, counting everyone or everything; in all.
Translations

told

[ˈtəʊld]
pt
pp of tell
adj
all told (= altogether, in all) → en tout

told

pret, ptp of tell; there were 50 people there all toldes waren insgesamt or alles in allem 50 Leute da

tell

(tel) past tense, past participle told (tould) verb
1. to inform or give information to (a person) about (something). He told the whole story to John; He told John about it.
2. to order or command; to suggest or warn. I told him to go away.
3. to say or express in words. to tell lies / the truth / a story.
4. to distinguish; to see (a difference); to know or decide. Can you tell the difference between them?; I can't tell one from the other; You can tell if the meat is cooked by/from the colour.
5. to give away a secret. You mustn't tell or we'll get into trouble.
6. to be effective; to be seen to give (good) results. Good teaching will always tell.
ˈteller noun
1. a person who receives or pays out money over the counter at a bank.
2. a person who tells (stories). a story-teller.
ˈtelling adjective
having a great effect. a telling argument.
ˈtellingly adverb
ˈtelltale adjective
giving information (often which a person would not wish to be known). the telltale signs of guilt.
I told you so
I told or warned you that this would happen, had happened etc, and I was right. `I told you so, but you wouldn't believe me.
tell off to scold: The teacher used to tell me off for not doing my homework ( ˌtelling-ˈoff: He gave me a good telling-off) noun
tell on
1. to have a bad effect on. Smoking began to tell on his health.
2. to give information about (a person, usually if they are doing something wrong). I'm late for work – don't tell on me!
tell tales
to give away secret or private information about the (usually wrong) actions of others. You must never tell tales.
tell the time
to (be able to) know what time it is by looking at a clock etc or by any other means. He can tell the time from the position of the sun; Could you tell me the time, please?
there's no telling
it is impossible to know. There's no telling what he'll do!
you never can tell
it is possible. It might rain – you never can tell.
References in classic literature ?
Don't you remember that evening last spring when I went a piece with Miss Reade and told you when I came back that a story was growing?
I am told that, with a little practice, one can remember all that goes on or that one hears said during a day.
They told of terrible combats with men or with fierce strange beasts, they told of passion, of revenge.
He told me to tell yer he's got his collars and cuffs in dat grip for a scoot clean out to 'Frisco.
For it would be easy to see that she has always been brought up in a tender and happy home, even if she had not told me so with great love for it.
NOT long after Grandfather had told the story of his great chair, there chanced to be a rainy day.
I have a little brown cocoon of an idea that may possibly expand into a magnificent moth of fulfilment," Anne told Gilbert when she reached home.
I was astonished at the sincerity and temper of this pious Papist, as much as I was oppressed by the power of his reasoning; and it presently occurred to my thoughts, that if such a temper was universal, we might be all Catholic Christians, whatever Church or particular profession we joined in; that a spirit of charity would soon work us all up into right principles; and as he thought that the like charity would make us all Catholics, so I told him I believed, had all the members of his Church the like moderation, they would soon all be Protestants.
At the last moment a telegram told of an unavoidable delay owing to the sudden illness of the specialist himself.
Only the other day she had told Wrench to check some domestic problem or other with his hat, and he had nearly given notice.
On his return he asked the parrot what had happened during his absence, and the parrot told him some things which made him scold his wife.
I have applied to your lawyer in London, and have been told, in reply, that you have forbidden him to disclose the place of your retreat to any one without first receiving your permission to do so.