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distinguishverb

uk   us   /dɪˈstɪŋ.ɡwɪʃ/
B2 [I or T, not continuous] to notice or understand the difference between two things, or to make one person or thing seem different from another: He's colour-blind and can't distinguish (the difference) between red and green easily. I sometimes have difficulty distinguishing Spanish from Portuguese. It's important to distinguish between business and pleasure. It's not the beauty so much as the range of his voice that distinguishes him from other tenors.distinguish yourself to do something so well that you are admired and praised for it: He distinguished himself as a writer at a very early age.
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adjective uk   us   /-ɡwɪ.ʃə.bl̩/
There are at least 20 distinguishable dialects of the language just on the south island.
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