American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To perceive as being different or distinct.
- v. To perceive distinctly; discern: distinguished the masts of ships on the horizon.
- v. To make noticeable or different; set apart.
- v. To cause (oneself) to be eminent or recognized: They have distinguished themselves as dedicated social workers.
- v. To perceive or indicate differences; discriminate: distinguish between right and wrong.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mark or note in a way to indicate difference; mark as distinct or different; characterize; indicate the difference of.
- To recognize as different or distinct from what is contiguous or similar; perceive or discover the differences or characteristic marks or qualities of; recognize by some distinctive mark; know or ascertain difference in through the senses or the understanding; perceive or make out.
- Hence To establish, state, or explain a difference or the differences between two or more things; separate by classification or definition; discriminate; set off or apart.
- To discern critically; judge.
- To separate from others by some mark of honor or preference; treat with distinction or honor; make eminent or superior; give distinction to.
- To make a distinction; find or show a difference: followed by between.
- To become distinct or distinguishable; become differentiated.
- v. To see someone or something as different from others.
- v. To see someone or something clearly or distinctly.
- v. To make one's self noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic.
- v. To separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference.
- v. 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.
- v. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
- v. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with
- v. To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; -- with
- v. rare To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible.
- v. make conspicuous or noteworthy
- v. mark as different
- v. detect with the senses
- v. be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
- v. identify as in botany or biology, for example
- From Middle English distingwen, from Old French distinguer, from Latin distinguere ("to separate, divide, distinguish, set off, adorn, literally mark off"), from di- for dis- ("apart") + *stinguere; see sting, stigma, style. Compare extinguish. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of obsolete distingue, from Middle English distinguen, from Old French distinguer, from Latin distinguere, to separate; see steig- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now it will be that much harder to expose because the real cry will be impossible to distinguish from the false one, much like the boy who cried, “wolf.””
“It's distressing to see people in pain and trouble, to see families that are homeless and children who are actually starving and adults whose spirits are broken and who can't help them, and it's unnerving to realize that these are Americans not European war refugees whose pictures are also on display and in some cases impossible to distinguish from the Americans in the other photographs.”
“All the players are on the field gettings penalties and scoring goals but their uniform colors are blurred, even the umpires and field judges are difficult to distinguish from the players from where I sit.”
“And another thing we have to distinguish is between liberal habits and pretensions to what some might view as being liberal habits.”
“Libertarian, but not part of the Libertarian Party, would also work I only used ‘soft’ to distinguish from the ‘hard’ libertarians, the Libertarian Party members.”
“The most immediate application of this truth appears to me to be that in life, as on the stage, we must distinguish between the actor and his part; distinguish, that is, the man in himself from his position and reputation — from the part which rank and circumstances have imposed upon him.”
“Those who hold that there were three men of this name distinguish them as follows: (1) James the son of”
“We are stating a fact, not a theory, and if it makes truth and falsehood difficult to distinguish, that is nature's fault, not ours.”
“We are stating a fact, not a theory; and if it makes truth and falsehood difficult to distinguish, that is nature's fault, not ours.”
“They looked for the honors of opulence, and did not perceive that an emancipist must pass through oblivion to honor; and that, in this case, to distinguish is to stigmatise.”
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