Respond and Tell


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Respond verb – React verbally.
Tell and respond are semantically related. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Respond".
Nearby Words: responsive, response, responsible, responded, respondent
Synonyms for Respond


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Respond and tell are semantically related. Sometimes you can use "Respond" instead a verb "Tell".
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

man respond man tell man
people respond people tell people
someone respond someone tell someone
time respond time tell time
Other nouns: way, joke.

Both words in one sentence

  • Sarcasm-Blind Since she can't tell when people are mocking her, she tends to respond to everything with aggression.
    Source: Sarcasm-Blind
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father When their daughter asks which one of them is their actual father, the two respond that there is "no way to tell" because they both had sex with her mother "in the same room, at the same time."
  • It will not tell you that this is because he loves them or that he will respond by grabbing as many weapons as he needs to end you.
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