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I was so happy I felt tears starting in my eyes, and then she up and hugged me. I think she could tell.

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I think this is Off Topic General Reference. From the first online dictionary I looked at - tell : to find out by observing, recognize <you can tell it's a masterpiece> –  FumbleFingers Aug 19 '13 at 13:22

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Tell is frequently used with the meaning of realize or understand, so the sentence you quote can be read as

"As I was close to tears, and she realized it, she came near me and hugged me"

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