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DISTINGUISH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does distinguish mean? 

DISTINGUISH (verb)
  The verb DISTINGUISH has 5 senses:

1. mark as different
2. detect with the senses
3. be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
4. make conspicuous or noteworthy
5. identify as in botany or biology, for example

  Familiarity information: DISTINGUISH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISTINGUISH (verb)


Sense 1distinguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mark as different

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

differentiate; distinguish; secern; secernate; severalise; severalize; tell apart; separate; tell

Context example:

We distinguish several kinds of maple

Hypernyms (to "distinguish" is one way to...):

identify; place (recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something)

"Distinguish" entails doing...:

compare (examine and note the similarities or differences of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "distinguish"):

know (be able to distinguish, recognize as being different)

stratify (divide society into social classes or castes)

discriminate; separate; single out (treat differently on the basis of sex or race)

demarcate (separate clearly and as if by boundaries)

decouple; dissociate (regard as unconnected)

contradistinguish (distinguish by contrasting qualities)

severalise; severalize (distinguish or separate)

contrast (put in opposition to show or emphasize differences)

discriminate; know apart (recognize or perceive the difference)

label (distinguish (an element or atom) by using a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass for tracing through chemical reactions)

label (distinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom)

sex (tell the sex (of young chickens))

individualise; individualize (make or mark or treat as individual)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Sense 2distinguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Detect with the senses

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

make out; discern; tell apart; distinguish; pick out; recognise; recognize

Context examples:

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" entails doing...:

comprehend; perceive (to become aware of through the senses)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "distinguish"):

resolve (make clearly visible)

discriminate (distinguish)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3distinguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

differentiate; distinguish; mark

Context example:

His modesty distinguishes him from his peers

Hypernyms (to "distinguish" is one way to...):

characterise; characterize; qualify (describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "distinguish"):

characterise; characterize (be characteristic of)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 4distinguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make conspicuous or noteworthy

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

distinguish; signalise; signalize

Hypernyms (to "distinguish" is one way to...):

mark (designate as if by a mark)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "distinguish"):

singularise; singularize (distinguish as singular)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5distinguish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Identify as in botany or biology, for example

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

key out; key; describe; identify; distinguish; name; discover

"Distinguish" entails doing...:

assort; class; classify; separate; sort; sort out (arrange or order by classes or categories)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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