tell apart

phrasal verb

told apart; telling apart; tells apart
: to see what the differences are between (people or things) : to identify (people or things that look similar to each other)
It's hard to tell the twins apart.

Examples of tell apart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gold buckle on top of the Bison Spirit mule is impossible to tell apart from the real thing. Kristine Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 27 Aug. 2023 One of these, which has never before been used on Mars, is there to tell apart left- and right-handed amino acids, enabling it to make a case for living or nonliving origins in a way that prior missions could not. Carmen Drahl, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2023

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“Tell apart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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