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1. Characterized by excellence or distinction; eminent: distinguished scientists.
2. Dignified in conduct or appearance: a distinguished gentleman.
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1. noble or dignified in appearance or behaviour
2. eminent; famous; celebrated
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(dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃt)

1. made conspicuous by excellence; eminent; famous.
2. having an air of distinction or dignity.
3. conspicuous; marked.
dis•tin′guished•ly, adv.
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1. 'distinct'

If one thing is distinct from another, there is an important difference between them.

Our interests were quite distinct from those of the workers.
...a tree related to but quite distinct from the European beech.

You describe something as distinct when it is clear and definite.

I have the distinct feeling that my friend did not realize what was happening.
A distinct improvement had come about in their social outlook.
2. 'distinctive'

You use distinctive to describe things which have a special quality that makes them easy to recognize.

Irene had a very distinctive voice.
3. 'distinguished'

A distinguished person is very successful, famous, or important.

His grandfather had been a distinguished professor at the University.
Now, clean and tidily dressed, we stood watching the first distinguished visitors come trickling in.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.distinguished - (used of persons) standing above others in character or attainment or reputation; "our distinguished professor"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"
2.distinguished - used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person; "his distinguished bearing"; "the monarch's imposing presence"; "she reigned in magisterial beauty"
dignified - having or expressing dignity; especially formality or stateliness in bearing or appearance; "her dignified demeanor"; "the director of the school was a dignified white-haired gentleman"
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بارِز، شَهير


A. ADJ [guest, appearance, career] → distinguido; [professor, scholar, writer] → distinguido, eminente
he retired after 25 years of distinguished servicese retiró tras 25 años de distinguido servicio
to look distinguishedtener un aspecto distinguido
B. CPD distinguished service professor N (US) (Univ) profesor de universidad Americana que ocupa una cátedra de prestigio
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[dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃt] adj (= eminent) [person] → distingué(e); [career] → remarquable, brillant(e)
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(= eminent) guest, professorangesehen; scholar, writernamhaft, angesehen; careerglänzend; historyruhmreich; distinguished serviceverdienstvolle Laufbahn; (Mil) → Dienst mmit Auszeichnung; the distinguished company of …die hervorragende Gesellschaft (+gen); to be distinguished for somethingsich durch etw auszeichnen
(= refined) person, appearancedistinguiert (geh); to look distinguisheddistinguiert (geh)or vornehm aussehen
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[dɪsˈtɪŋgwɪʃt] adj (eminent, pianist, writer) → eminente, noto/a; (scholar) → insigne; (career) → brillante; (refined) → distinto/a, signorile
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(diˈstiŋgwiʃ) verb
1. (often with from) to mark as different. What distinguishes this café from all the others?
2. to identify or make out. He could just distinguish the figure of a man running away.
3. (sometimes with between) to recognize a difference. I can't distinguish (between) the two types – they both look the same to me.
4. to make (oneself) noticed through one's achievements. He distinguished himself at school by winning a prize in every subject.
diˈstinguishable adjective
diˈstinguished adjective
famous or outstanding. a distinguished scientist.
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a. [person] distinguido-a; [characteristics] señalado-a, marcado-a.
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Again, those species which are distinguished one from another and opposed one to another within the same genus are said to be 'simultaneous' in nature.
A DISTINGUISHED Advocate of Republican Institutions was seen pickling his shins in the ocean.
If the two sorts of causal laws could be sharply distinguished, we could call an occurrence "physical" when it obeys causal laws appropriate to the physical world, and "mental" when it obeys causal laws appropriate to the mental world.
What did surprise him was that during these last two years his wife had succeeded in gaining the reputation "d' une femme charmante, aussi spirituelle que belle."*[2] The distinguished Prince de Ligne wrote her eight-page letters.
My eyes became accustomed to the light and to perceive objects in their right forms; I distinguished the insect from the herb, and by degrees, one herb from another.
We have this on the authority of a distinguished seaman of Nelson's time.
There are about thirty cases on record, of which the most famous, that of the Countess Cornelia de Baudi Cesenate, was minutely investigated and described by Giuseppe Bianchini, a prebendary of Verona, otherwise distinguished in letters, who published an account of it at Verona in 1731, which he afterwards republished at Rome.
Of philosophy I will say nothing, except that when I saw that it had been cultivated for many ages by the most distinguished men, and that yet there is not a single matter within its sphere which is not still in dispute, and nothing, therefore, which is above doubt, I did not presume to anticipate that my success would be greater in it than that of others; and further, when I considered the number of conflicting opinions touching a single matter that may be upheld by learned men, while there can be but one true, I reckoned as well-nigh false all that was only probable.
After I left school, I had the narrowest escape possible of intruding myself into another place of accommodation for distinguished people; in other words, I was very nearly being sent to college.
"Besides," added Barbicane, "even to the most piercing eye a man cannot be distinguished farther than three and a half miles off; so that, if there are any Selenites, they can see our projectile, but we cannot see them."
And I confess, it was not without some pleasure, that I found myself able to trace the particular features, by which certain families are distinguished, up to their originals.

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