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  • 1 distinguish — dis·tin·guish vt: to identify or explain differences in or from distinguish ed the cases on factual grounds Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. distinguish …

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  • 2 Distinguish — Dis*tin guish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distinguished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distinguishing}.] [F. distinguer, L. distinguere, distinctum; di = dis + stinguere to quench, extinguish; prob. orig., to prick, and so akin to G. stechen, E. stick, and perh.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 distinguish — 1 Distinguish, differentiate, discriminate, demarcate are synonymous when they mean to point out or mark the differences between things that are or seem to be much alike or closely related. Distinguish presupposes sources of confusion; the things …

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  • 4 distinguish — [di stiŋ′gwish] vt. [< L distinguere, to separate, discriminate < dis , apart + stinguere, to prick < IE base * steig , to prick, pierce (> STICK, Ger sticken, to embroider, Gr stigma) + ISH, sense 2] 1. to separate or mark off by… …

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  • 5 distinguish — [v1] tell the difference analyze, ascertain, categorize, characterize, classify, collate, decide, demarcate, determinate, determine, diagnose, diagnosticate, differentiate, discriminate, divide, estimate, extricate, figure out, finger*, identify …

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  • 6 distinguish — ► VERB 1) recognize, show, or treat as different. 2) manage to discern (something barely perceptible). 3) be an identifying characteristic of. 4) (distinguish oneself) make oneself worthy of respect. DERIVATIVES distinguishable adjective …

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  • 7 Distinguish — Dis*tin guish, v. i. 1. To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle. [1913 Webster] 2. To become distinguished… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 distinguish — 1560s, from M.Fr. distinguiss , stem of distinguer, or directly from L. distinguere to separate between, separate by pricking, from dis apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + stinguere to prick (see EXTINGUISH (Cf. extinguish), and Cf. L. instinguere …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 distinguish */*/*/ — UK [dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ] / US verb Word forms distinguish : present tense I/you/we/they distinguish he/she/it distinguishes present participle distinguishing past tense distinguished past participle distinguished 1) [intransitive/transitive] to recognize …

    English dictionary

  • 10 distinguish — dis|tin|guish [ dı stıŋgwıʃ ] verb *** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to recognize the differences between things: DIFFERENTIATE: He learned to distinguish a great variety of birds, animals, and plants. distinguish between: They concluded that… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 distinguish — 01. Children under the age of 4 cannot always [distinguish] between the truth and a lie. 02. Witnesses to the crime said the suspect had no [distinguishing] features. 03. The Beatles [distinguished] themselves as perhaps the most important… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 distinguish — /dI stINgwIS/ verb 1 (I, T) to be able to recognize and understand the difference between two similar things or people: Dogs can distinguish a greater range of sounds than humans. (+ between): It s important to distinguish between tax avoidance… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 distinguish — verb 1) distinguishing reality from fantasy Syn: differentiate, tell apart, discriminate between, tell the difference between 2) he could distinguish shapes in the dark Syn: discern, see, perceive, make out; detect, recognize …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 distinguish — distinguishable, adj. distinguishableness, distinguishability, n. distinguishably, adv. distinguisher, n. distinguishment, n. /di sting gwish/, v.t. 1. to mark off as different (often fol. by from or by): He was distinguished from the other boys… …

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  • 15 distinguish — verb ADVERB ▪ clearly, sharply ▪ carefully ▪ easily, readily ▪ The adult bird can be readily distinguished by its orange bill. ▪ …

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  • 16 distinguish — v. 1) (d; intr.) to distinguish among, between 2) (D; tr.) to distinguish from (to distinguish good from evil) * * * [dɪs tɪŋgwɪʃ] between (d; intr.) to distinguish among (D; tr.) to distinguish from (to distinguish good from evil) …

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  • 17 distinguish — dis|tin|guish W3S3 [dıˈstıŋgwıʃ] v [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: distinguer, from Latin distinguere to separate using a sharp pointed object ] 1.) [I and T] to recognize and understand the difference between two or more things or people =… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 distinguish — [[t]dɪstɪ̱ŋgwɪʃ[/t]] distinguishes, distinguishing, distinguished 1) VERB If you can distinguish one thing from another, you can see or understand the difference between them. [V n from n] Could he distinguish right from wrong?... [V between pl… …

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  • 19 distinguish*/ — [dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃ] verb 1) [I/T] to recognize the differences between things Syn: differentiate He learned to distinguish the songs of different birds.[/ex] information on how to distinguish between the different diseases[/ex] the ability to… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 distinguish — dis•tin•guish [[t]dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ[/t]] v. t. 1) to mark off as different (often fol. by from or by): His height distinguishes him from the other boys[/ex] 2) to recognize as distinct or different; recognize the individual features or characteristics …

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