Tell and Utter


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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

Utter is a synonym for tell in communicate topic. In some cases you can use "Utter" instead a verb "Tell", when it comes to topics like words, speak.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell


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Utter verb – To express (a thought or emotion) in words.
Usage example: never uttered a single comment at the meeting

Tell is a synonym for utter in words topic. You can use "Tell" instead a verb "Utter".
Nearby Words: utterly, utterance, uttered, uttering
Synonyms for Utter

Common collocations

man tell man utter man
name tell name utter name
time tell time utter time
mother tell mother utter mother
Other nouns: names.

Both words in one sentence

  • Film / The Matrix The crew hears the noises approaching, and the look of utter hopelessness on the faces of Morpheus and Tank tell us that they don't even care.
  • Miles Gloriosus It can be hard to tell because one of his chief traits is his utter shamelessness.
  • Comic Book / Batman: No Man's Land The Huntress, who faces the Joker—who it should be noted is at the utter top of his game—and lives to tell the tale.
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