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Adjective telling has 3 senses
  1. revealing, telling, telltale - disclosing unintentionally; "a telling smile"; "a telltale panel of lights"; "a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down"
    Antonyms: uninformative, uninstructive (indirect, via informative)
  2. cogent, telling, weighty - powerfully persuasive; "a cogent argument"; "a telling presentation"; "a weighty argument"
    Antonyms: forceless, unforceful, weak (indirect, via forceful)
  3. impressive, telling - producing a strong effect; "gave an impressive performance as Othello"; "a telling gesture"
    Antonyms: ineffective, uneffective, ineffectual (indirect, via effective)
Noun telling has 3 senses
  1. relation, telling, recounting - an act of narration; "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"
    --1 is a kind of narration, recital, yarn
    Derived form: verb tell3
  2. telling, apprisal, notification - informing by words
    --2 is a kind of informing, making known
    --2 has particulars: notice
    Derived form: verb tell1
  3. tattle, singing, telling - disclosing information or giving evidence about another
    --3 is a kind of disclosure, revelation, revealing
    Derived form: verb tell7
Verb tell has 8 senses
  1. state, say, tell - express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
    --1 is one way to express, verbalize, verbalise, utter, give tongue to
    Derived forms: noun teller4, noun telling2
    Sample sentence:
    They tell that there was a traffic accident
  2. tell - let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"
    --2 is one way to
    Derived form: noun tale1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  3. tell, narrate, recount, recite - narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"
    --3 is one way to inform
    Derived forms: noun tale1, noun teller4, noun telling1
    Sample sentence:
    They won't tell the story
  4. order, tell, enjoin, say - 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"
    --4 is one way to request
    Sample sentence:
    They tell him to write the letter
  5. tell - discern or comprehend; "He could tell that she was unhappy"
    --5 is one way to
    guess, infer
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  6. assure, tell - inform positively and with certainty and confidence; "I tell you that man is a crook!"
    --6 is one way to affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody of something
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
  7. tell, evidence - give evidence; "he was telling on all his former colleague"
    --7 is one way to inform
    Derived form: noun telling3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
  8. distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart - mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
    --8 is one way to identify, place
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Somebody ----s something from somebody
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