verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- distinctive feature,
- distinctiveness ratio,
- distinguished conduct medal,
- distinguished flying cross,
- distinguished service cross
Origin of distinguish
Examples from the Web for distinguish
The line between being careful about what you eat and being obsessive is difficult to distinguish.Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes an Obsession|DailyBurn|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Food business groups argue that a gram of sugar, natural or added, is a gram of sugar—so why distinguish it?Guess Who Doesn’t Want You to Know How Much Added Sugar Is in Your Food|Tim Mak|July 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then there was the attempt to distinguish her tax status from those who are “truly well off.”Hillary’s Doomed if She Can’t Learn to Talk About Her Privilege|Keli Goff|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Behind-the-scenes technological differences do not distinguish Aereo's system from cable systems, which do perform publicly.
And how could we distinguish the small exomoon signal from that of its host planet?
At first it appeared so totally dark that Ben could not distinguish any object in the room.Biographical Stories|Nathaniel Hawthorne
Great care must be taken to distinguish between the real wants of the child and its passing whims.History of Education|Levi Seeley
The long shadow thrown out by his figure, enabled his pursuers to distinguish him very clearly.A Love Story|A Bushman
They distinguish, however, its character, which will be best seen by comparing it with the elm.Woodland Gleanings|Charles Tilt
Give an example from your own experience of a case in which it is hard to distinguish between direct and indirect evidence.The Making of Arguments|J. H. Gardiner
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for distinguish
1560s, from Middle French distinguiss-, stem of distinguer, or directly from Latin distinguere "to separate between, separate by pricking," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + -stinguere "to prick" (see extinguish, and cf. Latin instinguere "to incite, impel").
The suffix -ish is due to the influence of many verbs in which it is the equivalent of Old French -iss-, ultimately from Latin inchoative suffix -iscere (this is also the case in extinguish, admonish, and astonish). Related: Distinguishing. The earlier form of the verb was distinguen (mid-14c.).