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Definition of Distinguish

Distinguish

  1. Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic.
  2. 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. 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. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
  5. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with by or for.
  6. 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. To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible.

Distinguish Quotations

Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
Ernest Hemingway

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

When a person tests positive for HIV, it is not a test for the virus itself but for antibodies to the virus, and the test is not able to distinguish between HIV antibodies and a multitude of other antibodies. Many conditions can lead to a false positive result, including flu shots, hepatitis, and pregnancy.
Nate Mendel

We need to distinguish between stress and stimulation. Having deadlines, setting goals, and pushing yourself to perform at capacity are stimulating. Stress is when you're anxious, upset, or frustrated, which dramatically reduce your ability to perform.
Andrew Bernstein

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
G. M. Trevelyan
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Distinguish Translations

distinguish in Dutch is onderscheiden, onderkennen
distinguish in Finnish is erottaa
distinguish in German is unterscheiden, hervorheben
distinguish in Italian is mettere in evidenza, distinquere
distinguish in Latin is insignio
distinguish in Norwegian is utmerke, skjelne
distinguish in Portuguese is distinga
distinguish in Spanish is distinguir, acentuar
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