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[ US /dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ/ ]
[ UK /dɪstˈɪŋɡwɪʃ/ ]
  1. mark as different
    We distinguish several kinds of maple
  2. be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
    His modesty distinguishes him from his peers
  3. detect with the senses
    I can't make out the faces in this photograph
    The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards
  4. make conspicuous or noteworthy
  5. identify as in botany or biology, for example
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How To Use distinguish In A Sentence

  • She distinguished the undrawing of iron bars, and then the countenance of Spalatro at her door, before she had a clear remembrance of her situation — that she was a prisoner in a house on a lonely shore, and that this man was her jailor. The Italian
  • Both cultivars were clearly distinguishable on the dendrogram.
  • Another category of vessels and flatware was distinguished by the use of precious stones or exotic materials, such as coral, mother-of-pearl, or coconut shell.
  • The orbit of the earth (or the circle which the sun seems to describe round the earth), is called the ecliptic, which is divided into twelve equal parts, called signs, and are distinguished by the following names and marks, [again, the symbols for the signs can be seen in the A Museum for Young Gentlemen and Ladies Or, a Private Tutor for Little Masters and Misses
  • They are unable to distinguish between culture and religions.
  • She even formed an American touring troupe with the distinguished George Washington Smith, America's first, and aptly named, premier danseur, who taught ballet in Philadelphia until his death in 1899.
  • Not to mention the expression suite-ing that results in the physical indistinguishability of voles across such a wide range of C-values. A Dubious "Opportunity" for IDers
  • When you hear the words, " adventure travel" , perhaps you think ofthe Venetian merchant Marco Polo, the distinguished African explorer David Livingstone, or North Pole adventurer Robert Peary.
  • As he wheeled once more she caught a glimpse of his face, almost indistinguishable beneath the mask of dirt and blood.
  • The team built a robot which could distinguish a slug from a stone and pick it up.
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