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Adjective: telling  te-ling
  1. Disclosing unintentionally something concealed
    "a telling smile";
    - revealing, telltale
  2. Powerfully persuasive
    "a telling presentation";
    - cogent, weighty
  3. Producing a strong effect
    "a telling gesture";
    - impressive
Noun: telling  te-ling
  1. An act of narration
    - relation, recounting
  2. Informing by words
    - apprisal, notification
  3. Disclosing information or giving evidence about another
    - tattle, singing [informal]
Verb: tell (told)  tel
  1. Express in words
    "tell me what is bothering you";
    - state, say
  2. Let something be known
    "Tell them that you will be late"
  3. Narrate or give a detailed account of
    "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child";
    - narrate, recount, recite, retail[2]
  4. Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    "The mother told the child to get dressed";
    - order, enjoin, say
  5. Discern or comprehend
    "He could tell that she was unhappy"
  6. Inform positively and with certainty and confidence
    "I tell you that man is a crook!";
    - assure
  7. Give evidence
    "he was telling on all his former colleague";
    - evidence
  8. Mark as different
    "We tell apart several kinds of maple";
    - distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern [rare], secernate, severalize, severalise [Brit], tell apart

Derived forms: tellings

See also: distinguish, effective, effectual, efficacious, informative, informatory, persuasive, suasive [rare], tell off

Type of: affirm, assert, aver, avow, disclosure, express, finger [informal], give tongue to, guess, identify, infer, inform, informing, making known, narration, place, recital, request, revealing, revelation, swear, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize, verify, yarn

Encyclopedia: Telling, David

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