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tell

Pronunciation: /tel/

Translation of tell in French:

vt (prét, pp told)

  • 1 [gen], dire; raconter [joke, story]; prédire [future] to tell sb about sth parler de qch à qn to tell sb to do dire à qn de faire to tell sb how to do/what to do expliquer à qn comment faire/ce qu'il faut faire to tell the time [clock] indiquer or marquer l'heure [person] lire l'heure can you tell me the time, please? peux-tu me dire l'heure (qu'il est), s'il te plaît? I was told that... on m'a dit que... I told you so! je te l'avais bien dit!
  • 2 (deduce) you can tell (that) he's lying on voit bien qu'il ment I can tell (that) he's disappointed je sais qu'il est déçu
  • 3 (distinguish) distinguer can you tell the difference? est-ce que vous voyez la différence? how can you tell them apart? comment peut-on les distinguer l'un de l'autre?

vi (prét, pp told)

  • 1 (reveal secret) don't tell! ne le répète pas!
  • 3 (show effect) her age is beginning to tell elle commence à faire son âge

Phrasal verbs

tell off

réprimander [person]

tell on

dénoncer [person] (to à) 1.1the strain is beginning to tell on him on commence à voir sur lui les effets de la fatigue

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