[ dih-sting-gwish ]
/ dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃ /
verb (used with object)
to mark off as different (often followed by from or by): He was distinguished from the other boys by his height.
to recognize as distinct or different; recognize the salient or individual features or characteristics of: It is hard to distinguish her from her twin sister.
to perceive clearly by sight or other sense; discern; recognize: He could not distinguish many of the words.
to set apart as different; be a distinctive characteristic of; characterize: It is his Italian accent that distinguishes him.
to make prominent, conspicuous, or eminent: to distinguish oneself in battle.
to divide into classes; classify: Let us distinguish the various types of metaphor.
Archaic. to single out for or honor with special attention.
verb (used without object)
to indicate or show a difference (usually followed by between).
to recognize or note differences; discriminate.
Origin of distinguish
ANTONYMS FOR distinguish
synonym study for distinguish
2. Distinguish, differentiate, discriminate suggest an attempt to analyze characteristic features or qualities of things. To distinguish is to recognize the characteristic features belonging to a thing: to distinguish a light cruiser from a heavy cruiser. To discriminate is to perceive the particular, nice, or exact differences between things, to determine wherein these differences consist, and to estimate their significance: to discriminate prejudiced from unprejudiced testimony. To differentiate is to point out exactly and in detail the differences between (usually) two things: The symptoms of both diseases are so similar that it is hard to differentiate one from another.
OTHER WORDS FROM distinguish
dis·tin·guish·a·ble, adjective dis·tin·guish·a·ble·ness, dis·tin·guish·a·bil·i·ty, noun dis·tin·guish·a·bly, adverb dis·tin·guish·er, noun
dis·tin·guish·ment, noun in·ter·dis·tin·guish, verb (used with object) non·dis·tin·guish·a·ble, adjective non·dis·tin·guish·a·ble·ness, noun non·dis·tin·guish·a·bly, adverb pre·dis·tin·guish, verb (used with object) re·dis·tin·guish, verb un·dis·tin·guish·a·ble, adjective
Words nearby distinguish
British Dictionary definitions for distinguishability
/ (dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ) /
verb (mainly tr)
(when intr, foll by between or among) to make, show, or recognize a difference or differences (between or among); differentiate (between)
to be a distinctive feature of; characterize
to make out; perceive
to mark for a special honour or title
to make (oneself) noteworthy he distinguished himself by his cowardice
to classify; categorize we distinguished three species
Derived forms of distinguish
distinguishable, adjective distinguishably, adverb distinguisher, noun distinguishing, adjective
Word Origin for distinguish
C16: from Latin distinguere to separate, discriminate