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distinguish

dis·tin·guish

distinguish

 
pronunciation:
dih stIng gwihsh
part of speech: verb
inflections: distinguished, distinguishes, distinguishing
definition 1: to tell apart by seeing differences (often followed by "from").
People who are color blind often cannot distinguish red from green.
synonyms:
designate, tell
similar words:
characterize, contrast, discriminate, mark, signal, single out
definition 2: to see or hear in a clear way.
I could not distinguish his face in the dark.
similar words:
detect, determine, identify, note, perceive, see
definition 3: to act in a way that draws special recognition or distinction.
She has distinguished herself as the best runner on the team.
similar words:
characterize, honor
definition 4: to understand or point out differences (usually followed by "between").
Can you distinguish between butter and margarine?
synonyms:
discriminate
similar words:
decide
derivations: distinguishable (adj.), distinguishably (adv.), distinguishingly (adv.)