Recount and Tell


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Recount verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Usage example: a novel that recounted an American soldier's adventures among the samurai warriors of 19th-century Japan

Tell is a synonym for recount in speech topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Recount", when it comes to topics like words, narrate, tell a story. popular alternative
Nearby Words: recounted, recounting
Synonyms for Recount


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Usage example: they told the story of how they had met

Recount is a synonym for tell in narrate topic. You can use "Recount" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as speech, relate, words. popular alternative
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

truth recount truth tell truth
time recount time tell time
story recount story tell story
tale recount tale tell tale
Other nouns: times, tales, stories.

Both words in one sentence

  • Foregone Conclusion As Black Legion is Khayon's recount of eponymous warband's history, it is a given that Abaddon will succeed in forging it and that Khayon will live to tell the tale.
  • Only in Florida He would later recount the story on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
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