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distinguishing

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

serving to identify as belonging to an individual or group
  • a novice birder still learning the distinguishing features of various finches

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distinguishing

verb
present participle of distinguish

Synonyms & Antonyms of distinguishing (Entry 2 of 2)

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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“Distinguishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/distinguishing. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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