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From Middle English _distingwen_, from Old French _distinguer_, from Latin _distinguere_ (“to separate, divide, distinguish, set off, adorn, literally mark off”), from _di-_ for _dis-_ (“apart”) + _stinguere_; see _sting_, _stigma_, _style_. Compare _extinguish_.

From Middle English distingwen, from Old French distinguer, from Latin distinguere (to separate, divide, distinguish, set off, adorn, literally mark off), from di- for dis- (apart) + stinguere; see sting, stigma, style. Compare extinguish.

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* enPR: dĭs-tĭng'gwĭsh, IPA(key): /dɪsˈtɪŋɡwɪʃ/ * Rhymes: -ɪŋɡwɪʃ

  • enPR: dĭs-tĭng'gwĭsh, IPA(key): /dɪsˈtɪŋɡwɪʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋɡwɪʃ

Dont le dans la catégorieENGLISH - VERB
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DISTINGUISH (_third-person singular simple present_ DISTINGUISHES, _present participle_ DISTINGUISHING, _simple past and past participle_ DISTINGUISHED) * To see someone or something as different from others. * To see someone or something clearly or distinctly. * To make oneself noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments. * 1784: William Jones, _The Description and Use of a New Portable Orrery, &c._, PREFACE 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. * (transitive, obsolete) To make to differ. * Bible, 1 Cor. iv. 7 (Douay version) Who DISTINGUISHETH thee? USAGE NOTES In sense “see a difference”, more casual than _differentiate_ or the formal _discriminate_; more casual is “tell the difference”. SYNONYMS (see a difference): differentiate, discriminate DERIVED TERMS * distinguished * distinguishable * distinguishness RELATED TERMS * distinct * distinction ANTONYMS * (to see someone or something as different from others): confuse TRANSLATIONS

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.
  2. To see someone or something clearly or distinctly.
  3. To make oneself noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To make to differ.

Usage notes

In sense “see a difference”, more casual than differentiate or the formal discriminate; more casual is “tell the difference”.

Synonyms

(see a difference): differentiate, discriminate

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* distinguish in _Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary_, G. & C. Merriam, 1913 * distinguish in _The Century Dictionary_, The Century Co., New York, 1911


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