distinguish

To distinguish means to tell apart. If you win the lottery, you’re going to need to learn to distinguish between people who really like you and people who like your money.

To distinguish is to discern, which means to perceive or recognize the way something differs from what’s around it. It takes discerning taste buds to distinguish between Coke and Pepsi. Distinguish also means to separate yourself out from the pack, usually in a good way. You might distinguish yourself at a Comics Convention with your encyclopedic knowledge of Krazy Kat.

Definitions of distinguish
1

v mark as different

“We distinguish several kinds of maple”
Synonyms:
differentiate, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart
Types:
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know
be able to distinguish, recognize as being different
discriminate, know apart
recognize or perceive the difference
label
distinguish (an element or atom) by using a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass for tracing through chemical reactions
label
distinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom
sex
tell the sex (of young chickens)
individualise, individualize
make or mark or treat as individual
contrast
put in opposition to show or emphasize differences
severalise, severalize
distinguish or separate
contradistinguish
distinguish by contrasting qualities
decouple, dissociate
regard as unconnected
demarcate
separate clearly, as if by boundaries
discriminate, separate, single out
treat differently on the basis of sex or race
stratify
divide society into social classes or castes
insulate, isolate
place or set apart
subtilize
mark fine distinctions and subtleties, as among words
hive off
remove from a group and make separate
segregate
separate by race or religion; practice a policy of racial segregation
redline
discriminate in selling or renting housing in certain areas of a neighborhood
disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
Type of:
identify, place
recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something

v make conspicuous or noteworthy

Synonyms:
signalise, signalize
Types:
singularise, singularize
distinguish as singular
Type of:
mark
designate as if by a mark

v be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense

“His modesty distinguishes him from his peers”
Synonyms:
differentiate, mark
mark
designate as if by a mark
Types:
characterise, characterize
be characteristic of
individuate
give individual character to
define
determine the nature of
Type of:
characterise, characterize, qualify
describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of

v detect with the senses

Synonyms:
discern, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, spot, tell apart
Types:
resolve
make clearly visible
discriminate
distinguish

v identify as in botany or biology, for example

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