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definition of the word distinguish

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< 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. Cf. extinguish.

to distinguish

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to distinguish (third-person singular simple present distinguishes, present participle distinguishing, simple past and past participle distinguished)

  1. To see someone or something as different from others.
    • 1922, De Lacy O'Leary, Arabic Thought and Its Place in History:  
      It had begun to take a leading place even in the days of the Ptolemies, and in scientific, as distinguished from purely literary work, it had assumed a position of primary importance early in the Christian era.
  2. To see someone or something clearly or distinctly.
  3. To make one's self noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments.

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