- (tr, adverb) to distinguish between; discerncan you tell the twins apart?
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Related Words for tell apartdiscriminate, separate, extricate, comprehend, understand, discern, segregate, evaluate, specify, assess, divide, recognize, characterize, qualify, identify, differentiate, determine, categorize, analyze, know
Discern or distinguish, as in It's hard to tell the twins apart. [First half of 1900s]
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