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dis·tin·guish

 (dĭ-stĭng′gwĭsh)
v. dis·tin·guished, dis·tin·guish·ing, dis·tin·guish·es
v.tr.
1.
a. To perceive as being different or distinct: Can you distinguish a pattern in this behavior?
b. To perceive distinctly; discern: The lookout distinguished the masts of ships on the horizon.
2.
a. To demonstrate or describe as being different or distinct: a scientist who distinguished four species of the plant.
b. To be an identifying characteristic of; make noticeable or different: These spices distinguish this style of Asian cooking.
3. To cause (oneself) to be respected or eminent: They have distinguished themselves as dedicated social workers.
v.intr.
To perceive or indicate differences; discriminate: Can the child distinguish between right and wrong?

[Alteration of obsolete distingue, from Middle English distinguen, from Old French distinguer, from Latin distinguere, to separate; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·tin′guish·a·ble adj.
dis·tin′guish·a·bly adv.
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distinguishing

adjective characteristic, marked, distinctive, typical, signature, peculiar, differentiating, individualistic The bird has no distinguishing features.
Translations

distinguishing

[dɪsˈtɪŋgwɪʃɪŋ] ADJdistintivo
distinguishing features [of landscape, sb's work] → rasgos mpl característicos, características fpl; [of animal] → rasgos mpl distintivos
distinguishing markmarca f distintiva

distinguishing

[dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃɪŋ] adj [feature] → distinctif/ive, caractéristique

distinguishing

adjkennzeichnend, charakteristisch; he has no distinguishing featureser hat keine besonderen Kennzeichen; the distinguishing feature of his work is …was seine Arbeit auszeichnet or kennzeichnet, ist …

distinguishing

[dɪsˈtɪŋgwɪʃɪŋ] adj (marks, characteristics, features) → distintivo/a, caratteristico/a
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And in this it is not likely that all are mistaken the conviction is rather to be held as testifying that the power of judging aright and of distinguishing truth from error, which is properly what is called good sense or reason, is by nature equal in all men; and that the diversity of our opinions, consequently, does not arise from some being endowed with a larger share of reason than others, but solely from this, that we conduct our thoughts along different ways, and do not fix our attention on the same objects.
A BLIND MAN was accustomed to distinguishing different animals by touching them with his hands.
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