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distinguish

verb

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1 to understand or point out the difference in
  • even at such a young age, he could distinguish the calls of various birds

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2 to be an important feature of
  • a collection of recipes distinguished by their ease and simplicity

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3 to find out or establish the identity of
  • learned at an early age to distinguish the sound of a piano in an orchestra

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4 to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes
  • could barely distinguish the garden gate through the mist

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5 to arrange or assign according to type
  • on the exam we were asked to distinguish the specimens by acidity

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The first known use of distinguish was in the 15th century

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“Distinguish.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/distinguish. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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