distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart(verb)
mark as different
"We distinguish several kinds of maple"
spot, recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apart(verb)
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"
distinguish, mark, differentiate(verb)
be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
"His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"
signalize, signalise, distinguish(verb)
make conspicuous or noteworthy
identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name(verb)
identify as in botany or biology, for example
To see someone or something as different from others.
To see someone or something clearly or distinctly.
To make one's self noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments.
Origin: From distingwen, from distinguer, from distinguere, from di- for dis- + *; see sting, stigma, style. Compare extinguish.
not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic
to separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish sounds into high and low
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
to constitute a difference; to make to differ
to separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with by or for
to make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; -- with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle
to become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dis-ting′gwish, v.t. to mark off, set apart (often with from): to recognise by characteristic qualities: to discern critically: to separate by a mark of honour: to make eminent or known.—v.i. to make or show distinctions or differences, to recognise the difference (with from, between).—adj. Disting′uishable, that may be capable of being distinguished.—adv. Disting′uishably.—p.adj. Disting′uished, illustrious.—n. Disting′uisher.—p.adj. Disting′uishing, peculiar.—n. Disting′uishment (Shak.), distinction. [Through Fr. from L. distinguĕre, distinctum—dis, asunder, stinguĕre, to prick, conn. with Gr. stizein, to mark. See Sting.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'distinguish' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4481
Rank popularity for the word 'distinguish' in Verbs Frequency: #485
The numerical value of distinguish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of distinguish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge.
This is a slow season anyway, so it's hard to distinguish what's causing the dip, that (it's January) or the attacks.
Many a promising career has been wrecked by marrying the wrong sort of woman. The right sort of woman can distinguish between Creative Lassitude and plain shiftlessness.
We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands upon himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
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- отличавам, различавамBulgarian
- distingirCatalan, Valencian
- rozlišit, rozeznatCzech
- auszeichnen, erkennen, unterscheidenGerman
- comharraichScottish Gaelic
- discernere, distinguersi, distinguereItalian
- 区別, 感知, 目立つJapanese
- diferenciar, distinguirOccitan
- recunoaște, distingeRomanian
- отличиться, отличать, отличаться, отличить, различить, различать, распознавать, распознатьRussian
- распознати, raspoznati, razaznati, разазнатиSerbo-Croatian
- ayırmak, seçmek, ayırt etmekTurkish
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