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Definitions of distinguish

  1. identify as in botany or biology, for example
  2. be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; " His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"
  3. mark as different; " We distinguish several kinds of maple"
  4. 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"
  5. make conspicuous or noteworthy
  6. Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic.
  7. To separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish sounds into high and low.
  8. 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.
  9. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
  10. To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible.
  11. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; - with by or for.
  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.
  13. To separate from others by some mark of honor or preference; designate by special characteristics; see clearly.
  14. To make a distinction: with between.
  15. 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.
  16. To make or show distinctions or differences.
  17. To note the difference between; discern; make conspicuous.
  18. To note as different; discriminate.
  19. To make eminent.
  20. To discriminate; followed by between.
  21. Distinguishable.
  22. 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.
  23. To make a distinction.
  24. 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.
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Quotes of distinguish

  1. The electroencephalogram represents a continuous curve with continuous oscillations in which... one can distinguish larger first order waves with an average duration of 90 milliseconds and smaller second order waves of an average duration of 35 milliseconds. – Hans Berger
  2. I've learned, I think, to be able to distinguish between the necessary and the unnecessary as far as my limited outside time is concerned. Saying "no" politely is a necessity if one wants to lead any kind of stable life. – Richard Chamberlain
  3. The postdoc explained to me how to distinguish different sorts of particles on the basis of the amounts of energy they deposited in various sorts of detectors, spark chambers, calorimeters, what have you. – Eric Allin Cornell
  4. This nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the principle- among others- that honest men may honestly disagree; that if they all say what they think, a majority of the people will be able to distinguish truth from error. – Elmer Davis
  5. I'm now learning how to distinguish when I'm acting and when I'm not acting- offstage as well as onstage. – Micky Dolenz
  6. We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself. – Jose Ortega y Gasset
  7. Justice should remove the bandage from her eyes long enough to distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate. – Robert Green Ingersoll
  8. As adults feign disinterest in science- children can grab hold of it to distinguish themselves. – Norman Macleod
  9. It is common to distinguish necessaries, comforts, and luxuries; the first class including all things required to meet wants which must be satisfied, while the latter consist of things that meet wants of a less urgent character. – Alfred Marshall
  10. I used to distinguish between my fiction and nonfiction in terms of superiority or inferiority. – Peter Matthiessen
  11. Westminster Abbey, the Tower, a steeple, one church, and then another, presented themselves to our view; and we could now plainly distinguish the high round chimneys on the tops of the houses, which yet seemed to us to form an innumerable number of smaller spires, or steeples. – Karl Philipp Moritz
  12. 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. – Reinhold Niebuhr
  13. Taste, which enables us to distinguish all that has a flavor from that which is insipid. – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
  14. Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. – G. M. Trevelyan
  15. In every author let us distinguish the man from his works. – Voltaire

Usage examples for distinguish

  1. I marched often near the brave Marshal Lefebvre, who seemed very fond of me, and said to me in his German- French, in speaking of the Emperor, " He is surrounded by a set of who do not tell the truth; he does not distinguish sufficiently his good from his bad servants. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  2. She yielded too easily to affection, and she did not readily distinguish between affection and the show of it. – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  3. Though I was too far off to distinguish their features, I saw by the dress of one that he was a trapper, but could not make out the other. – Adventures in the Far West by W.H.G. Kingston
  4. He could not distinguish their faces and regretted this, because it would have been useful to know the men again, and when they began to talk their voices were too low for him to hear what they said. – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  5. Sometimes called Red River of the North, to distinguish it from the Red River of Texas. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various
  6. This child, he thought, who cannot tell me why it is necessary to take two apples from four apples, is nevertheless able to distinguish between one cow and another. – Autumn by Robert Nathan
  7. 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
  8. Here at Lochias for the last week we have quite forgotten to distinguish day from night, and a blessing can never come too late. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. I cannot remember, not enough to distinguish between them." – The Rome Express by Arthur Griffiths
  10. For fifteen days he was so completely blind that he could not even distinguish light. – Life of St. Francis of Assisi by Paul Sabatier
  11. And, in particular, he was listening for one voice which he had not as yet been able to distinguish – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  12. I would never distinguish myself in any profession. – Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders
  13. It is easy to distinguish the young ladies- many of them beautifully dressed, and handsome on first acquaintance- who have been bred on this kind of book. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  14. We did not much distinguish in those days between the two. – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
  15. There was one mark on the child, which, he said, would be certain to distinguish her. – The Women of the Arabs by Henry Harris Jessup
  16. The answer was so faint that no one save Mrs. Quigg could distinguish the word. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  17. He could not distinguish Madge from Nina. – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  18. I listened whenever I heard the street- door open; at last I imagined I could distinguish Mr. Venables' step, going out. – Maria The Wrongs of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  19. Now he could easily recognize McNally, and without being able to distinguish words could even hear him talking. – The Short Line War by Merwin-Webster
  20. From where he stood he could plainly distinguish the tall figure of MacAndrew. – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
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