distinguish Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb mark as different
secernate; severalise; separate; severalize; tell apart; differentiate; tell; secern.
- We distinguish several kinds of maple
verb detect with the senses
recognize; spot; make out; tell apart; recognise; pick out; discern.
- The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards
- I can't make out the faces in this photograph
verb be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
- His modesty distinguishes him from his peers
verb make conspicuous or noteworthy
verb identify as in botany or biology, for example
name; describe; discover; identify; key; key out.
Dis*tin"guish transitive verb
Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic.
Not more distinguished by her purple vest, Than by the charming features of her face. Dryden.
Milton has distinguished the sweetbrier and the eglantine. Nares.
To separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to. distinguishsounds into high and low
Moses distinguished the causes of the flood into those that belong to the heavens, and those that belong to the earth. T. Burnet.
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. distinguishthe sound of a drum
We are enabled to distinguish good from evil, as well as truth from falsehood. Watts.
Nor more can you distinguish of a man, Than of his outward show. Shak.
To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
Who distinguisheth thee? 1 Cor. iv. 7. (Douay version).
To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with by or for."To distinguish themselves by means never tried before." Johnson. Syn. -- To mark; discriminate; differentiate; characterize; discern; perceive; signalize; honor; glorify.
Dis*tin"guish intransitive verb
To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; -- with between; as, a judge. distinguishesbetween cases apparently similar, but differing in principle
To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible.R.
The little embryo . . . first distinguishes into a little knot. Jer. Taylor.
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