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distinctionnoun

 us   /dɪˈstɪŋk·ʃən/
  • distinction noun (DIFFERENCE)

[C/U] a ​difference between two ​similar things: [C] The ​commentdrew/made a ​false distinction between ​domestic and ​foreignaffairs, which are really ​closelyrelated. [U] Martin Luther King, Jr. ​clearlyunderstood and ​accepted the distinction between ​preaching and ​scholarlycriticism.
  • distinction noun (QUALITY)

[U] the ​quality of being ​excellent or ​special in some way: He was a ​scientist of ​great distinction.
  • distinction noun (HONOR)

[C] honorobtained or given because of ​excellence: Winning a Guggenheim ​fellowshipcarriesgreat distinction.
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distinctionnoun

uk   /dɪˈstɪŋk.ʃən/  us   /dɪˈstɪŋk.ʃən/
  • distinction noun (DIFFERENCE)

B2 [C or U] a ​difference between two ​similar things: There's a clear distinction between the ​dialectsspoken in the two ​regions. This ​company makes no distinction between the ​sexes.

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