What does distinguish mean?

Definitions for distinguish
dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃdis·tin·guish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apartverb

    mark as different

    "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

  2. spot, recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apartverb

    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"

  3. distinguish, mark, differentiateverb

    be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense

    "His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"

  4. signalize, signalise, distinguishverb

    make conspicuous or noteworthy

  5. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, nameverb

    identify as in botany or biology, for example

Wiktionary

  1. distinguishverb

    To see someone or something as different from others.

  2. distinguishverb

    To see someone or something clearly or distinctly.

  3. distinguishverb

    To make one's self noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments.

  4. Etymology: From distingwen, from distinguer, from distinguere, from di- for dis- + *; see sting, stigma, style. Compare extinguish.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distinguishverb

    not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic

  2. Distinguishverb

    to separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish sounds into high and low

  3. Distinguishverb

    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

  4. Distinguishverb

    to constitute a difference; to make to differ

  5. Distinguishverb

    to separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with by or for

  6. Distinguishverb

    to make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; -- with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle

  7. Distinguishverb

    to become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Distinguish

    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, distinctumdis, asunder, stinguĕre, to prick, conn. with Gr. stizein, to mark. See Sting.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'distinguish' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4481

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    Rank popularity for the word 'distinguish' in Verbs Frequency: #485

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distinguish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distinguish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of distinguish in a Sentence

  1. Andrea Dworkin:

    Seduction is often difficult to distinguish from rape. In seduction, the rapist often bothers to buy a bottle of wine.

  2. Barbara Sher:

    It's essential to distinguish between events that are really beyond your control and events you caused yourself.

  3. Dean Phillips:

    It's our attempt to weave everything together in a single experience for our customers, customers don't distinguish AWS from Alexa from Amazon.com. It's Amazon.

  4. Le Roux:

    De Winton's were last found in 1936, you only really find traces that they were there and when you do manage to find one and you capture one externally, you can't really distinguish between other species.

  5. Ronald Reagan:

    Some of your countrymen were unable to distinguish between their native dislike for war and the stainless patriotism of those who suffered its scars. But there has been a rethinking and now we can say to you, and say as a nation, thank you for your courage.

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