1. [ verb ] mark as different
Synonyms: separate differentiate tell severalise severalize secernate tell_apart secern

"We distinguish several kinds of maple"

Related terms: identify contrast discriminate contrast label demarcate stratify discriminate label know contradistinguish severalize dissociate individualize sex differentiation differentiator compare
2. [ verb ] detect with the senses
Synonyms: recognize make_out discern pick_out tell_apart recognise

"The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards" "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"

Related terms: resolve discriminate discernment perceive
3. [ verb ] be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
Synonyms: mark differentiate

"His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"

Related terms: qualify characterize mark differentiation marker
4. [ verb ] make conspicuous
Synonyms: signalise signalize
Related terms: mark singularize signalization
5. [ verb ] as in botany or biology, for example
Synonyms: identify name key describe key_out discover
Related terms: name identity classify
Similar spelling:   distinguished