Distinguish - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ|  American pronunciation of the word distinguish
Brit.  |dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ|  British pronunciation of the word distinguish


- mark as different (syn: differentiate, separate, tell)
We distinguish several kinds of maple
- detect with the senses (syn: discern, make out, pick out, recognize, spot)
- be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense (syn: differentiate, mark)
His modesty distinguishes him from his peers
- make conspicuous or noteworthy (syn: signalize)
- identify as in botany or biology, for example (syn: describe, discover, identify, key, name)

Extra examples

You're old enough to distinguish between fact and fantasy.

I have trouble distinguishing between the two of them.

I have trouble distinguishing the difference between the two of them.

You should be able to distinguish fact from fantasy.

The only thing that distinguishes the dogs is their bark.

The singer's voice is what distinguishes the band.

You can't distinguish the detail from this distance.

I could hardly distinguish anything in the morning mist.

He cannot distinguish between accentuated and non-accentuated words.

I sometimes have difficulty distinguishing Spanish from Portuguese.

It is his Italian accent that distinguishes him.

His attorney argued that Cope could not distinguish between right and wrong.

The factor that distinguishes this company from the competition is customer service.

The main distinguishing feature of this species is the leaf shape.

The light was too dim for me to distinguish anything clearly.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: distinguish
he/she/it: distinguishes
present participle: distinguishing
past tense: distinguished
past participle: distinguished
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