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distinguish

 
Verb distinguish has 5 senses
  1. distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart - mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
    --1 is one way to identify, place
    Derived form: noun distinction1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Somebody ----s something from somebody
  2. recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apart - 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"
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
  3. distinguish, mark, differentiate - be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"
    --3 is one way to qualify, characterize, characterise
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  4. signalize, signalise, distinguish - make conspicuous or noteworthy
    --4 is one way to mark
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  5. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name - identify as in botany or biology, for example
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
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