Tell and Warn


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Tell verb – To issue orders to (someone) by right of authority.
Usage example: told us to sit still and wait

Warn is a synonym for tell in alert topic. In some cases you can use "Warn" instead a verb "Tell", when it comes to topics like inform, acquaint.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell


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Warn verb – Ask to go away.
Usage example: The old man warned the children off his property

Tell is a synonym for warn in language topic. You can use "Tell" instead a verb "Warn", if it concerns topics such as inform, notify, acquaint, give notice of possible occurrence.
Nearby Words: warning, warned
Synonyms for Warn

Common collocations

friend tell friend warn friend
people tell people warn people
wife tell wife warn wife
children tell children warn children
Other nouns: family, someone, rest, audience, time, world, mother, father, police, anyone, player, everyone, kids, friends.

Both words in one sentence

  • Incredibly Obvious Bomb Charles did tell Logan to give the Death Eaters a bomb that would warn them of what was going to happen...
  • We're here to— (skewered) Locked Out of the Loop: After Ukitake was summoned, he, Kyoraku, and Yamamoto inform everyone in Soul Society about the black key and warn them that they can be summoned by Lucy at any time, but do not tell them about the white key.
  • Video Game / Harvester Similarly, you can show the adult magazine to Karin, and Edna will warn you not to show it to her again, or she'll tell the sheriff.
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