tell apart - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theytell apart
he/she/ittells apart
present participletelling apart
past tensetold apart
past participletold apart
  1. tell someone/something apart to recognize the difference between two people or things that are very similar

    The two women are so similar that only their husbands can tell them apart.

See also main entry: tell