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Meaning of “distinguish” in the English Dictionary

"distinguish" in British English

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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) betweenred and ​greeneasily. I sometimes have ​difficulty distinguishing ​Spanish fromPortuguese. It's ​important to distinguish betweenbusiness 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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distinguishable
adjective uk   us   /-ɡwɪ.ʃə.bl̩/
There are at least 20 distinguishable ​dialects of the ​language just on the ​southisland.
(Definition of distinguish from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"distinguish" in American English

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distinguishverb [I/T]

 us   /dɪˈstɪŋ·ɡwɪʃ/
  • distinguish verb [I/T] (SEPARATE)

to ​recognize or ​understand the ​difference between two things, or to ​provide a ​quality that makes someone or something different or ​special: [I always + adv/prep] It’s ​important to distinguish between ​scientificfact and ​fiction. [T] Samuel F. B. Morse distinguished himself both as an ​inventor and as a ​painter.
  • distinguish verb [I/T] (SEE/HEAR)

to ​see, ​hear, or ​experience something, esp. with ​difficulty: In the ​dark, I could ​barely distinguish the ​shape of a ​person.
(Definition of distinguish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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