Definitions of distinguish

  1. To make a distinction.
  2. 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.
  3. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
  4. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; - with by or for.
  5. To separate from others by some mark of honor or preference; designate by special characteristics; see clearly.
  6. 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.
  7. To note the difference between; discern; make conspicuous.
  8. To note as different; discriminate.
  9. To make eminent.
  10. To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible.
  11. To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; - with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle.
  12. To make a distinction: with between.
  13. To make or show distinctions or differences.
  14. identify as in botany or biology, for example
  15. mark as different; " We distinguish several kinds of maple"
  16. 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"
  17. To discriminate; followed by between.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Distinguishable.
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