Tell and Total


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Tell verb – To find the sum of (a collection of things) by noting each one as it is being added.
Usage example: who can tell the number of grains of sand in the world?

Total and tell are semantically related. In some cases you can use "Total" instead a verb "Tell".
Nearby Words: telling, teller
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Total verb – To combine (numbers) into a single sum.
Usage example: total all the receipts and tell me how much I owe you

Tell and total are semantically related. Sometimes you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Total".
Nearby Words: totaled, tot, totality, totaling, totalled
Synonyms for Total
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