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Definition of 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.
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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