English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to make known in words
I called her to tell her how spectacular it looked.
Synonyms
inform
They would inform him of any progress they had made.
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notify
The skipper notified the coastguard of the tragedy.
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make aware
,
say to
,
state to
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warn
They warned him of the dangers of sailing alone.
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reveal to
,
express to
,
brief
A spokesperson briefed reporters.
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advise
I must advise you of my decision to retire.
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disclose to
,
proclaim to
,
fill in
,
speak about to
,
confess to
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impart
the ability to impart knowledge and command respect
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alert to
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divulge
He was charged with divulging state secrets.
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announce to
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acquaint with
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communicate to
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mention to
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make known to
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apprise
Have the customers been fully apprised of the advantages?
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utter to
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get off your chest (informal)
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let know
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flag up
(verb) 
Definition
to give an account (of an event or situation)
He told his story to a national newspaper.
Synonyms
describe
We asked her to describe what she had seen.
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relate
He was relating a story he had once heard.
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recount
He then recounted the story.
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report
Several newspapers reported the decision.
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portray
complaints about the way women are portrayed in adverts
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depict
Children's books often depict animals as gentle creatures.
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chronicle
The rise of collectivism in Britain has been chronicled by several historians.
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rehearse
Anticipate any tough questions and rehearse your answers.
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narrate
The film is a story about power, narrated by an old sailor.
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give an account of
(verb) 
Definition
to order or instruct (someone to do something)
She told me to come and help clean the house.
Synonyms
instruct
They have instructed solicitors to sue for compensation.
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order
Williams ordered him to leave.
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command
He commanded his troops to attack.
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direct
They have been directed to give special attention to poverty.
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bid
I dare say he did as he was bidden.
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enjoin
She enjoined me strictly not to tell anyone else.
(verb) 
Definition
to discover, distinguish, or discern
It was impossible to tell who had written the note.
Synonyms
see
Oh, I see what you're saying.
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make out
,
discern
Under the bridge we could just discern a shadowy figure.
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understand
I think you understand my meaning.
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discover
As he discovered, she had a brilliant mind.
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be certain
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comprehend
I just cannot comprehend your attitude.
(verb) 
Definition
to discover, distinguish, or discern
I can't really tell the difference between their policies and ours.
Synonyms
distinguish
He could distinguish voices.
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discriminate
He is incapable of discriminating between a good idea and a bad one.
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discern
We've been trying to discern a pattern in his behaviour.
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differentiate
He cannot differentiate between his imagination and the real world.
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(verb) 
Definition
to reveal secrets or gossip
The children know who they are, but they are not telling.
Synonyms
talk
They'll talk; they'll implicate me.
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tell tales
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spill the beans (informal)
He was ready to spill the beans about the whole affair.
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give the game away
,
blab (informal)
Don't blab about your plans until you are ready to make an announcement.
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let the cat out of the bag (informal)
(verb) 
The facts tell a very different story.
Synonyms
reveal
She has refused to reveal her daughter's whereabouts.
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show
She had enough time to show her gratitude.
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indicate
The survey indicated that most old people are independent.
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disclose
Neither side would disclose details of the transaction.
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signify
Two jurors signified their dissent.
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be evidence of
(verb) 
Definition
to have or produce an impact or effect
The pressure began to tell as rain closed in after 20 laps.
Synonyms
have or take effect
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register (informal)
What I said sometimes didn't register in her brain.
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weigh
His opinion doesn't weigh much with me, I'm afraid.
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have force
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count
It's as if your opinions just don't count.
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take its toll
,
carry weight
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make its presence felt
(verb) 
I tell you, I will not rest until that day has come.
Synonyms
assure
Last night's victory has assured their promotion.
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promise
They promised they would deliver it on Friday.
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guarantee
We guarantee to refund your money if you are not delighted with your purchase.
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swear
Alan swore that he would do everything in his power to help us.
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give someone your word
10 (verb) 
Synonyms
count
I counted the money. It came to more than five hundred pounds.
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reckon
The `normal' by-election swing against a government is reckoned at about 5 per cent.
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calculate
From this we can calculate the total mass in the galaxy.
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compute
I tried to compute the cash value of the ponies and horse boxes.
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tally
When the final numbers are tallied, sales will probably have fallen.
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number
One widely cited report numbered the dead at over 10,000.
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enumerate
They enumerated the casualties.

Phrasal verbs

See tell on someone

Additional synonyms

in the sense of advise
Definition
to inform or notify
I must advise you of my decision to retire.
Synonyms
make known,
let (someone) know
in the sense of apprise
Definition
to make aware
Have the customers been fully apprised of the advantages?
Synonyms
make aware,
give notice,
make cognizant
in the sense of bid
Definition
to order
I dare say he did as he was bidden.

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