Definition and Meanings for distinguish
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Part of Speech of distinguish
transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb
Etymology of distinguish
Meaning of distinguish
as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun
- not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic.
- to separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish sounds into high and low.
- 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.
- to constitute a difference; to make to differ.
- to separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with by or for.
as intransitive verb
- to make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; -- with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle.
- to become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible.