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tell verb

1 give sb information

ADV. bluntly, curtly, flatly She told me bluntly it was my own fault. | gravely | smugly | truthfully | falsely

VERB + TELL want to | be going to I was going to tell you?I just didn't get round to it. | try to | hate to I hate to tell you, but the car's a write-off. | let sb I tried to tell them but they wouldn't let me.

PREP. about I never told him about the money. | of No one had told her of the dangers. | to He told the story to all his friends.

2 order sb

ADV. firmly, sternly ‘Calm down,’ he told her firmly.