Definition of distinguish :
1. Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic.
2. To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible.
3. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
4. To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; - with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle.
5. 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.
6. To separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish sounds into high and low.
7. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; - with by or for.
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discriminate (part of speech: verb)
specialize (part of speech: verb)
distinguish (part of speech: verb)
- He could distinguish the animals much better than when they were tearing straight away from him. - "The Hunters of the Ozark", Edward S. Ellis.
- Have you not the sense to distinguish a joke from an insult? - "Le Morvan, [A District of France,] Its Wild Sports, Vineyards and Forests; with Legends, Antiquities, Rural and Local Sketches", Henri de Crignelle.
- 30. How do Priestley and others pretend to distinguish between the participial and the substantive use of verbals in ing? - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.