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tale

  

      n  
1    a report, narrative, or story  
2    one of a group of short stories connected by an overall narrative framework  
3   
a    a malicious or meddlesome rumour or piece of gossip  
to bear tales against someone     
b    (in combination)  
talebearer, taleteller     
4    a fictitious or false statement  
5    tell tales         
a    to tell fanciful lies  
b    to report malicious stories, trivial complaints, etc., esp. to someone in authority  
6    tell a tale   to reveal something important  
7    tell its own tale   to be self-evident  
8    Archaic  
a    a number; amount  
b    computation or enumeration  
9       an obsolete word for       talk  
     (Old English talu list; related to Old Frisian tele talk, Old Saxon, Old Norse tala talk, number, Old High German zala number)  
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n.
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.
used to tell someone that you do not know any more about a subject than they do
Ex: Jill: 'How long should we bake this pie?' Jane: 'Your guess is as good as mine'.
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