distinguish meaning

[ dis'tiŋgwiʃ ] Pronunciation:   "distinguish" in a sentence
Verb: distinguish  di'stinggwish
  1. Mark as different
    "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
    - separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise [Brit], tell, tell apart 
  2. Detect with the senses
    - spot, recognize, recognise [Brit], discern, pick out, make out, tell apart 
  3. Be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
    "His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"
    - mark, differentiate 
  4. Make conspicuous or noteworthy
    - signalize, signalise [Brit] 
  5. Identify as in botany or biology, for example
    - identify, discover, key, key out, describe, name

Derived forms: distinguished, distinguishes, distinguishing

See also: distinction

Type of: characterise [Brit], characterize, identify, mark, place, qualify

Encyclopedia: Distinguish


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  1. but paul was going to distinguish himself.
  2. let us distinguish two kinds of derangements.
  3. i can 't distinguish things so far.
  4. let us distinguish the various types of metaphor ..
  5. he has talents by which he might distinguish himself.

Related Words

  1. distinctively meaning
  2. distinctiveness meaning
  3. distinctly meaning
  4. distinctness meaning
  5. distincture meaning
  6. distinguish between so or sth and so or sth else meaning
  7. distinguish oneself among so meaning
  8. distinguish so or sth from so or sth else meaning
  9. distinguishable meaning
  10. distinguishably meaning
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