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tell

  

      vb  
1    acquaint, announce, apprise, communicate, confess, disclose, divulge, express, get off one's chest     (informal)   impart, inform, let know, make known, mention, notify, proclaim, reveal, say, speak, state, utter  
2    authorize, bid, call upon, command, direct, enjoin, instruct, order, require, summon  
3    chronicle, depict, describe, give an account of, narrate, portray, recount, rehearse, relate, report  
4    comprehend, discern, discover, make out, see, understand  
5    differentiate, discern, discriminate, distinguish, identify  
6    carry weight, count, have or take effect, have force, make its presence felt, register, take its toll, weigh  
7    calculate, compute, count, enumerate, number, reckon, tally  


tell off     
bawl out     (informal)   berate, carpet     (informal)   censure, chew out     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   chide, give (someone) a piece of one's mind, give (someone) a rocket     (Brit. & N.Z. informal)   haul over the coals     (informal)   lecture, read the riot act, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, scold, take to task, tear into     (informal)   tear (someone) off a strip     (Brit. informal)   tick off     (informal)   upbraid  
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tell off, telling, tell off, tall

Collaborative Dictionary     English Thesaurus
n.
The ability to make decisions and take action without waiting for someone to tell you what to do
I showed my initiative when I became a group leader in class.
exp.
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.

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