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distinguish at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

[dıs'tıŋgwıʃ]

distinguish at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1561, from M.Fr. distinguiss-, stem of distinguer, from L. distinguere "to separate between, separate by pricking," from dis- "apart" + -stinguere "to prick." The suffix -ish is due to the influence of many verbs in which it is the equivalent of O.Fr. -iss, ultimately from L. inchoative suffix -iscere (this is also the case in extinguish, admonish, and astonish). The pp. distinguished, with special sense of "famous, celebrated," first recorded 1714. ///

distinguish at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W3S3 v [Date: 1500-1600; Language: 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: differentiate// distinguish between// --His attorney argued that Cope could not distinguish between right and wrong.// distinguish sb/sth from// --a method of distinguishing cancer cells from normal tissue//
2 [T not in progressive] to be the thing that makes someone or something different or special: distinguish sb/sth from// --The factor that distinguishes this company from the competition is customer service.// distinguishing feature/mark/characteristic // --The main distinguishing feature of this species is the leaf shape.//
3 [T not in progressive] written to be able to see the shape of something or hear a particular sound: --The light was too dim for me to distinguish anything clearly.//
4 distinguish yourself: to do something so well that people notice and remember you// --He distinguished himself on several occasions in the civil war.//

distinguish at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

142 Moby Thesaurus words for "distinguish":
adorn, aggrandize, analyze, anatomize, atomize, be characteristic,
behold, bestow honor upon, call attention to, catch sight of,
categorize, change, characterize, chop logic, clap eyes on,
classify, confer distinction on, contradistinguish, decide, define,
demarcate, demark, denote, describe, descry, designate,
desynonymize, detach, detect, determinate, determine, diagnose,
difference, differentiate, dignify, discern, discover,
discriminate, disengage, disequalize, disjoin, diversify, divide,
draw the line, earmark, ennoble, erect, espy, extricate, feel,
finger, glimpse, glorify, grace, grade, group, have, have in sight,
hear, honor, identify, indicate, individualize, individuate, judge,
ken, keynote, know, know again, lay eyes on, look on, look upon,
magnify, make a distinction, make out, mark, mark off, mark out,
mark the interface, modify, nail, note, notice, observe, part,
particularize, peg, perceive, personalize, pick out, pick up,
pinpoint, place, qualify, realize, recall knowledge of, recognize,
refine a distinction, reidentify, remark, screen, screen out, see,
segregate, select, sense, separate, set a limit, set apart,
set off, set the pace, set the tone, sever, severalize, sieve,
sieve out, sift, sift out, sight, signalize, single out, smell,
sort, sort out, sound the keynote, specialize, split hairs, spot,
spy, subdivide, sublime, subtilize, take in, taste, tell,
tell apart, twig, uprear, vary, view, winnow, witness

distinguish at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Vision): see, behold, look at, discern, perceive, sight, make out, discover, distinguish, recognize, spy, espy, catch sight of, get a glimpse of, witness, contemplate, speculate.

[V] (Distinction): discriminate, distinguish, recognize, match, identify, separate, sift, separate the wheat from the chaff, separate the men from the boys, split hairs, draw a fine line, nitpick, quibble, measure.

distinguish at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb
1 ~ (between) A and B | ~ A from B to recognize the difference between two people or things:
[V] At what age are children able to distinguish between right and wrong? * English law clearly distinguishes between murder and manslaughter. * [VN] It was hard to distinguish one twin from the other. * Sometimes reality and fantasy are hard to distinguish. * We can distinguish five meanings of the word 'mad'.
2 [VN] (not used in the progressive tenses) ~ A (from B) to be a characteristic that makes two people, animals or things different:
What was it that distinguished her from her classmates? * The male bird is distinguished from the female by its red beak. * Does your cat have any distinguishing marks? * The power of speech distinguishes human beings from animals.
3 [VN] (not used in the progressive tenses) to be able to see or hear sth:
I could not distinguish her words, but she sounded agitated. * She could not distinguish the make and colour of the car in the fading light.
4 [VN] ~ yourself (as sth) to do sth so well that people notice and admire you:
She has already distinguished herself as an athlete.
distinguishable sth):
The male bird is easily distinguishable from the female. * The coast was barely distinguishable in the mist.

distinguish at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb
1 ~ (between) A and B | ~ A from B to recognize the difference between two people or things:
[V] At what age are children able to distinguish between right and wrong? * English law clearly distinguishes between murder and manslaughter. * [VN] It was hard to distinguish one twin from the other. * Sometimes reality and fantasy are hard to distinguish. * We can distinguish five meanings of the word 'mad'.
2 [VN] (not used in the progressive tenses) ~ A (from B) to be a characteristic that makes two people, animals or things different:
What was it that distinguished her from her classmates? * The male bird is distinguished from the female by its red beak. * Does your cat have any distinguishing marks? * The power of speech distinguishes human beings from animals.
3 [VN] (not used in the progressive tenses) to be able to see or hear sth:
I could not distinguish her words, but she sounded agitated. * She could not distinguish the make and colour of the car in the fading light.
4 [VN] ~ yourself (as sth) to do sth so well that people notice and admire you:
She has already distinguished herself as an athlete.
distinguishable sth):
The male bird is easily distinguishable from the female. * The coast was barely distinguishable in the mist.

Distinguish at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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. sting. Cf.
{Extinguish}.]
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
version).

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.

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.

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.

distinguish at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

distinguish
v 1: mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
[syn: {separate}, {differentiate}, {secern}, {secernate},
{severalize}, {severalise}, {tell}, {tell apart}]
2: 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" [syn: {recognize},
{recognise}, {discern}, {pick out}, {make out}, {tell
apart}]
3: be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in
a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form
his peers" [syn: {mark}, {differentiate}]
4: make conspicuous or noteworthy [syn: {signalize}, {signalise}]
5: identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: {identify},
{discover}, {key}, {key out}, {describe}, {name}]

distinguish at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Etymology

From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » distingwen, from Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » distinguer, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » distinguere||to separate, divide, distinguish, set off, adorn, literally mark off, from Inter: term » di- for Inter: term » dis-||apart + *Inter: term » |stinguere; see sting, stigma, style. Compare extinguish.

Pronunciation

* Inter: enPR » dĭs-tĭng'gwĭsh, Inter: IPA » /dɪsˈtɪŋɡwɪʃ/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /dIs"tINgwIS/
  • Inter: audio » En-us-distinguish.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » ɪŋɡwɪʃ

    Verb

    Inter: en-verb » distinguishes|distinguishing|distinguished|distinguished

  • To see someone or something as different from others.
    1. Inter: quote-book » author=De Lacy O'Leary|title=Category: S - :Arabic Thought and Its Place in History|Arabic Thought and Its Place in History|year=1922


    |passage=It had begun to take a leading place even in the days of the Ptolemies, and in scientific, as distinguished from purely literary work, it had assumed a position of primary importance early in the Christian era.
  • To see someone or something clearly or distinctly.
  • To make one's self noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments.
  • 1784: William Jones, The Description and Use of a New Portable Orrery, &c., PREFACE
  • : THE favourable reception the Orrery has met with from Perſons of the firſt diſtinction, and from Gentlemen and Ladies in general, has induced me to add to it ſeveral new improvements in order to give it a degree of Perfection; and diſtinguiſh it from others; which by Piracy, or Imitation, may be introduced to the Public.

    Usage notes

    In sense “see a difference”, more casual than Inter: term » differentiate|lang=en or the formal Inter: term » discriminate|lang=en; more casual is “tell the difference”.

    Synonyms

    Inter: sense » see a difference
  • differentiate
  • discriminate

    Derived terms

    * distinguished
  • distinguishable
  • distinguishness

    Related terms

    * distinct
  • distinction

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » to see someone or something as different from others
  • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|distinguir
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|различавам|tr=različávam
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|distingir
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|區別|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|区别|tr=qūbié|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|辨別|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|辨别|tr=biànbié|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|rozlišit, Inter: t- » cs|rozeznat
  • Dalmatian: Inter: tø » dlm|distenguar
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|onderscheiden
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|distinguer
  • Galician: Inter: t- » gl|distinguir
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|განსხვავება|tr=gansxvaveba|sc=Geor
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|unterscheiden
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|הבחין|tr=hivkhín

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|区別|tr=くべつする, kubetsu-suru|alt=区別する
    • Neapolitan: Inter: tø » nap|dice
    • Occitan: Inter: t- » oc|distinguir, Inter: t- » oc|diferenciar
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|distinguir
    • Romanian: Inter: l » ro|distinge
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|различать|tr=različát’|sc=Cyrl Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|различить|tr=različít’|sc=Cyrl Inter: pf » .
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|распознати
    • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|raspoznati
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|distinguir
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|ayırt etmek, Inter: t+ » tr|ayırmak, Inter: t+ » tr|seçmek


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to see someone or something clearly or distinctly
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|отличавам|tr=otličávam
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|distingir
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|distinguer
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|erkennen
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|感知|tr=かんちする, kanchi-suru|alt=感知する


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|отличать|tr=otličát’|sc=Cyrl Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|отличить|tr=otličít’|sc=Cyrl Inter: pf » ., Inter: t+ » ru|распознавать|tr=raspoznavát’|sc=Cyrl Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|распознать|tr=raspoznát’|sc=Cyrl Inter: pf » .
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|разазнати
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|razaznati

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to make one's self noticeably different
    • French: (se) Inter: t+ » fr|distinguer
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|auszeichnen|alt=sich auszeichnen
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|目立つ|tr=めだつ, medatsu


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|отличаться|tr=otličát’sja|sc=Cyrl Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|отличиться|tr=otličít’sja|sc=Cyrl Inter: pf » .
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|comharraich

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    External links

    * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
    • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1


    Translation: et » distinguish
    Translation: el » distinguish
    Translation: fa » distinguish
    Translation: fr » distinguish
    Translation: ko » distinguish
    Translation: hr » distinguish
    Translation: io » distinguish
    Translation: it » distinguish
    Translation: kn » distinguish
    Translation: lt » distinguish
    Translation: li » distinguish
    Translation: hu » distinguish
    Translation: mg » distinguish
    Translation: ml » distinguish
    Translation: my » distinguish
    Translation: nl » distinguish
    Translation: ja » distinguish
    Translation: oc » distinguish
    Translation: pl » distinguish
    Translation: ru » distinguish
    Category: simple:distinguish -
    Translation: fi » distinguish
    Translation: sv » distinguish
    Translation: ta » distinguish
    Translation: te » distinguish
    Translation: vi » distinguish
    Translation: zh » distinguish