evidence vs tell what difference

what is difference between evidence and tell

English

Etymology

From Middle English evidence, from Old French [Term?], from Latin evidentia (clearness, in Late Latin a proof), from evidens (clear, evident); see evident.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛvɪdəns/, /ˈɛvədəns/
  • (US) IPA(key): [ˈɛvəɾɪns]
  • Hyphenation: ev‧i‧dence

Noun

evidence (usually uncountable, plural evidences)

  1. Facts or observations presented in support of an assertion.
    • 1748, David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
      In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.
  2. (law) Anything admitted by a court to prove or disprove alleged matters of fact in a trial.
  3. One who bears witness.
    • 1820, Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer, volume 1, page 53:
      He recapitulated the Sybil’s story word by word, with the air of a man who is cross-examining an evidence, and trying to make him contradict himself.
  4. A body of objectively verifiable facts that are positively indicative of, and/or exclusively concordant with, that one conclusion over any other.

Usage notes

  • Adjectives often used with the term “evidence”: documentary, physical, empirical, scientific, material, circumstantial, anectodal, objective, strong, weak, conclusive, hard

Derived terms

Related terms

  • evident
  • evidential

Translations

Verb

evidence (third-person singular simple present evidences, present participle evidencing, simple past and past participle evidenced)

  1. (transitive) To provide evidence for, or suggest the truth of.

Usage notes

  • To be distinguished from evince.

Translations

Quotations

  • For quotations using this term, see Citations:evidence.

Further reading

  • evidence in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • evidence in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Czech

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈɛvɪdɛnt͡sɛ]
  • Rhymes: -ɛntsɛ

Noun

evidence f

  1. records
  2. registry, repository

Related terms

  • See vize
  • evidenční
  • evidovat
  • evidentní

See also

  • záznamy
  • databáze
  • registr

Further reading

  • evidence in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • evidence in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Friulian

Noun

evidence f (plural evidencis)

  1. evidence

Middle French

Noun

evidence f (plural evidences)

  1. evidence

Descendants

  • French: évidence


English

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) enPR: tĕl, IPA(key): /tɛl/, /tɛɫ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛl

Etymology 1

From Middle English tellen (to count, tell), from Old English tellan (to count, tell), from Proto-Germanic *taljaną, *talzijaną (to count, enumerate), from Proto-Germanic *talą, *talǭ (number, counting), from Proto-Indo-European *dol- (calculation, fraud). Cognate with Saterland Frisian tälle (to say; tell), West Frisian telle (to count), West Frisian fertelle (to tell, narrate), Dutch tellen (to count), Low German tellen (to count), German zählen, Faroese telja. More at tale.

Verb

tell (third-person singular simple present tells, present participle telling, simple past and past participle told)

  1. (transitive, archaic outside of idioms) To count, reckon, or enumerate.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii:
      And in his lap a masse of coyne he told, / And turned vpsidowne, to feede his eye / A couetous desire with his huge threasury.
    • 1875, Hugh MacMillan, The Sunday Magazine:
      Only He who made them can tell the number of the stars, and mark the place of each in the order of the one great dominant spiral.
  2. (transitive) To narrate.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      Tell her you’re here.

  3. (transitive) To convey by speech; to say.
  4. (transitive) To instruct or inform.
    • 1611, Bible (King James Version), Genesis xii. 18
      Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
  5. (transitive) To order; to direct, to say to someone.
    • 1909, H. G. Wells, Ann Veronica
      She said she hoped she had not distressed him by the course she had felt obliged to take, and he told her not to be a fool.
    • Stability was restored, but once the re-entry propulsion was activated, the crew was told to prepare to come home before the end of their only day in orbit.
  6. (intransitive) To discern, notice, identify or distinguish.
  7. (transitive) To reveal.
  8. (intransitive) To be revealed.
    • 1990, Stephen Coonts, Under Siege, 1991 Pocket Books edition, →ISBN, p.409:
      Cherry looks old, Mergenthaler told himself. His age is telling. Querulous — that’s the word. He’s become a whining, querulous old man absorbed with trivialities.
  9. (intransitive) To have an effect, especially a noticeable one; to be apparent, to be demonstrated.
    • 1859 John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
      Opinion ought [… to give] merited honour to every one, whatever opinion he may hold [] keeping nothing back which tells, or can be supposed to tell, in their favour.
  10. (transitive) To use (beads or similar objects) as an aid to prayer.
  11. (intransitive, childish) To inform someone in authority about a wrongdoing.
    I saw you steal those sweets! I’m telling!
  12. (authorship, intransitive) To reveal information in prose through outright expository statement — contrasted with show
    Maria rewrote the section of her novel that talked about Meg and Sage’s friendship to have less telling and more showing.
Usage notes
  • In dialects, other past tense forms (besides told) may be found, including tald/tauld (Scotland), tawld (Devonshire), teld (Yorkshire, Devonshire), telled (Northern England, Scotland, and in nonstandard speech generally), telt (Scotland, Geordie), tole (AAVE, Southern US, and some dialects of England), toll (AAVE), tolt (AAVE).
  • In older forms of English, when the pronoun thou was in active use, and verbs used -est for distinct second-person singular indicative forms, the verb tell had the form tellest, and had toldest for its past tense.
  • Similarly, when the ending -eth was in active use for third-person singular present indicative forms, the form telleth was used.
Conjugation
Synonyms
  • (enumerate): count, number; see also Thesaurus:count
  • (narrate): narrate, recount, relate
  • (to instruct or inform): advise, apprise; See also Thesaurus:inform
  • (reveal): disclose, make known; See also Thesaurus:divulge
  • (inform someone in authority): grass up, snitch, tattle; See also Thesaurus:rat out
Antonyms
  • (to instruct or inform): ask
Derived terms
Translations

Noun

tell (plural tells)

  1. A reflexive, often habitual behavior, especially one occurring in a context that often features attempts at deception by persons under psychological stress (such as a poker game or police interrogation), that reveals information that the person exhibiting the behavior is attempting to withhold.
  2. (archaic) That which is told; a tale or account.
    • April 4, 1743, Horace Walpole, letter to Sir Horace Mann
      I am at the end of my tell.
  3. (Internet) A private message to an individual in a chat room; a whisper.
See also
  • dead giveaway

Etymology 2

From Arabic تَلّ(tall, hill, elevation) or Hebrew תֵּל(tél, hill), from Proto-Semitic *tall- (hill).

Noun

tell (plural tells)

  1. (archaeology) A hill or mound, originally and especially in the Middle East, over or consisting of the ruins of ancient settlements.

Norwegian Bokmål

Verb

tell

  1. imperative of telle

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