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Definition 1: mark as different - [verb of cognition]

Samples where distinguish or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We distinguish several kinds of maple

Synonyms for distinguish in the sense of this definition

(distinguish is a kind of ...) recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something

"She identified the man on the `wanted' poster"

(... is a kind of distinguish ) be able to distinguish, recognize as being different

"The child knows right from wrong"

(... is a kind of distinguish ) treat differently on the basis of sex or race

(... is a kind of distinguish ) separate clearly, as if by boundaries

(... is a kind of distinguish ) regard as unconnected

"you must dissociate these two events!" "decouple our foreign policy from ideology"

(... is a kind of distinguish ) distinguish by contrasting qualities

(... is a kind of distinguish ) distinguish or separate

(... is a kind of distinguish ) be distinguished from others of a similar type by virtue of a notable characteristic

"it has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town"

(... is a kind of distinguish ) put in opposition to show or emphasize differences

"The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"

(... is a kind of distinguish ) make or mark or treat as individual

"The sounds were individualized by sharpness and tone"

(... is a kind of distinguish ) tell the sex (of young chickens)

(... is a kind of distinguish ) distinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom

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

(... is a kind of distinguish ) recognize or perceive the difference

(... is a kind of distinguish ) divide society into social classes or castes

"Income distribution often stratifies a society"

(distinguish implies ...) examine and note the similarities or differences of

"John compared his haircut to his friend's" "We compared notes after we had both seen the movie"

Definition 2: identify as in botany or biology, for example - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for distinguish in the sense of this definition

(distinguish implies ...) arrange or order by classes or categories

"How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"

Definition 3: be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense - [verb of cognition]

Samples where distinguish or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His modesty distinguishes him from his peers

Synonyms for distinguish in the sense of this definition

(distinguish is a kind of ...) describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of

"You can characterize his behavior as that of an egotist" "This poem can be characterized as a lament for a dead lover"

(... is a kind of distinguish ) be characteristic of

"What characterizes a Venetian painting?"

(distinguish has a similar meaning as ...) designate as if by a mark

"This sign marks the border"

Definition 4: make conspicuous or noteworthy - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for distinguish in the sense of this definition

(distinguish is a kind of ...) designate as if by a mark

"This sign marks the border"

(... is a kind of distinguish ) distinguish as singular

Definition 5: detect with the senses - [verb of perception]

Samples where distinguish or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards
  • I can't make out the faces in this photograph

Synonyms for distinguish in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of distinguish ) make clearly visible

"can this image be resolved?"

(... is a kind of distinguish ) distinguish

"I could not discriminate the different tastes in this complicated dish"

(distinguish implies ...) to become aware of through the senses

"I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

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