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Definitions of distinguish

  1. To make a distinction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To recognize or discern by marks, signs, or characteristic quality or qualities; to know and discriminate (anything) from other things with which it might be confounded; as, to distinguish the sound of a drum. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To constitute a difference; to make to differ. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; - with by or for. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To separate from others by some mark of honor or preference; designate by special characteristics; see clearly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To mark off, set apart: to recognize by characteristic qualities: to discern critically: to separate by a mark of honor: to make eminent or known. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To note the difference between; discern; make conspicuous. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To note as different; discriminate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To make eminent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; - with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To make a distinction: with between. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To make or show distinctions or differences. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. identify as in botany or biology, for example Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make out the faces in this photograph" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. To discriminate; followed by between. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. To indicate difference by some external mark; to recognize by characteristic marks; to separate by any mark or quality which constitutes difference; to discern critically; to separate from others by some mark of honour or preference; to make eminent or known. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. To indicate difference by some external mark; to separate or divide by some mark or quality; to perceive a difference by the senses; to make eminent or known; to signalise; to find the difference. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. Distinguishable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for distinguish

  1. I cannot remember, not enough to distinguish between them." – The Rome Express by Arthur Griffiths
  2. The figure, so far as he could distinguish it, was more like that of a boy than a man. – The Devil's Paw by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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