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Pronunciation:  di'stinggwish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
  2. [v]  be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"
  3. [v]  identify as in botany or biology, for example
  4. [v]  make conspicuous or noteworthy
  5. [v]  detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"

DISTINGUISH is a 11 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: describe, differentiate, discern, discover, key, key out, make out, mark, name, pick out, recognise, recognize, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, signalise, signalize, tell, tell apart, tell apart
 See Also: assort, characterise, characterize, class, classify, compare, comprehend, contradistinguish, contrast, demarcate, discriminate, discriminate, dissociate, identify, individualise, individualize, know, know apart, label, mark, perceive, place, qualify, resolve, sex, single out, singularise, singularize, sort, sort out, stratify



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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. sting. Cf.
    1. 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.
    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.
             Moses distinguished the causes of the flood into
             those that belong to the heavens, and those that
             belong to the earth.                  --T. Burnet.
    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.
             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.
    4. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
             Who distinguisheth thee?              --1 Cor. iv.
                                                   7. (Douay
    5. 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.
  2. \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.
    2. 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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