Know and Tell


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Know verb – Be able to distinguish, recognize as being different.
Usage example: The child knows right from wrong

Tell is a synonym for know in recognise topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Know", when it comes to topics like same, distinguish, identify.
Nearby Words: knowing, known
Synonyms for Know


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Know is a synonym for tell in recognise topic. You can use "Know" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as same, identify, understand.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

truth know truth tell truth
name know name tell name
way know way tell way
story know story tell story
Other nouns: difference, secret, nothing, anyone.

Both words in one sentence

  • I'm sure it's full of fun facts to know and tell.
  • As You Know He chooses to open his briefing with the words "as you know..." and then proceeds to tell Picard and Riker what they already know.
    Source: As You Know
  • Everybody Knew Already Not only does everyone know it (including Barney and Robin, who didn't go to Wesleyan), but they all tell him time and again that they know it.
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