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English verb: distinguish

1. distinguish (cognition) mark as different


SamplesWe distinguish several kinds of maple.


Synonymsdifferentiate, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)identify, place


Narrower (hyponym)contradistinguish, contrast, decouple, demarcate, discriminate, discriminate, dissociate, individualise, individualize, know, know apart, label, label, separate, severalise, severalize, sex, single out, stratify


Entailcompare

2. distinguish (perception) detect with the senses


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


Synonymsdiscern, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, spot, tell apart


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)discriminate, resolve


Entailcomprehend, perceive

3. distinguish (cognition) be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense


SamplesHis modesty distinguishes him from his peers.


Synonymsdifferentiate, mark


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)characterise, characterize, qualify


Narrower (hyponym)characterise, characterize


Verb groupmark

4. distinguish (communication) make conspicuous or noteworthy


Synonymssignalise, signalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)mark


Narrower (hyponym)singularise, singularize

5. distinguish (cognition) identify as in botany or biology, for example


Synonymsdescribe, discover, identify, key, key out, name


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Entailassort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out









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