Signal and Tell


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Signal verb – To direct or notify by a movement or gesture.
Usage example: signaled the oncoming traffic to stop while the wrecked car was being towed away

Tell and signal are semantically related in indicate topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Signal".
Nearby Words: signaled, signalize, signally, signalling, signaling
Synonyms for Signal


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

Common collocations

people signal people tell people
someone signal someone tell someone
rest signal rest tell rest
time signal time tell time
Other nouns: way, police, player, friends.

Both words in one sentence

  • And he tells you to signal him when you've accomplished your mission, but doesn't tell you how ...
  • Film / The Untouchables Leeroy Jenkins: Ness and company specifically tell the Mounties to wait for the signal to charge.
  • Epic Hail In Myth Conception Skeeve wanted to use enemy signal tower to tell the enemy he defeated their company, as they ran too quickly to do it themselves.
    Source: Epic Hail
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