To make one's self noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments
THE favourable reception the Orrery has met with from Perſons of the ﬁrﬅ diﬅinction, and from Gentlemen and Ladies in general, has induced me to add to it ſeveral new improvements in order to give it a degree of Perfection; and diﬅinguiſh it from others ; which by Piracy, or Imitation, may be introduced to the Public.
To separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish sounds into high and low
A feature or quality that distinguishes one thing from another causes the two things to be regarded as different, because only the first thing has the feature or quality. There is something about music that distinguishes it from all other art forms The bird has no distinguishing features
To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle
If you can distinguish one thing from another or distinguish between two things, you can see or understand how they are different. Could he distinguish right from wrong? Research suggests that babies learn to see by distinguishing between areas of light and dark It is necessary to distinguish the policies of two successive governments
be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"
If you distinguish yourself, you do something that makes you famous or important. Over the next few years he distinguished himself as a leading constitutional scholar They distinguished themselves at the Battle of Assaye
detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
If you can distinguish something, you can see, hear, or taste it although it is very difficult to detect. There were cries, calls. He could distinguish voices. = discern
To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; with by or for
To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible
Recognise or note/indicate as being distinct or different from; to note differences between
be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers
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; as, to distinguish the sound of a drum
To make ones self noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments
capable of being perceived as different or distinct; "only the shine of their metal was distinguishable in the gloom"; "a project distinguishable into four stages of progress"; "distinguishable differences between the twins"
If something is distinguishable, you can see or hear it in conditions when it is difficult to see or hear anything. It was getting light and shapes were more distinguishable. = discernible. easy to recognize as being different from something else distinguishable from
If something is distinguishable from other things, it has a quality or feature which makes it possible for you to recognize it and see that it is different. features that make their products distinguishable from those of their rivals
(often followed by `from') not alike; different in nature or quality; "plants of several distinct types"; "the word `nationalism' is used in at least two distinct senses"; "gold is distinct from iron"; "a tree related to but quite distinct from the European beech"; "management had interests quite distinct from those of their employees"
set apart from other such things used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person; "his distinguished bearing"; "the monarch's imposing presence"; "she reigned in magisterial beauty"
serving to distinguish or identify a species or group; "the distinguishing mark of the species is its plumage"; "distinctive tribal tattoos"; "we were asked to describe any identifying marks or distinguishing features"
[ di-sti[ng]-(g)wish ] (verb.) 1561. Middle English distingwen Old French distinguer Latin distinguere (“to separate, divide, distinguish, set off, adorn, literally mark off”) di- for dis- (“apart”) + *stinguere; see sting, stigma, style. Compare extinguish.
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