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v. dis·tin·guished, dis·tin·guish·ing, dis·tin·guish·es
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.
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.
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.]
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adjective characteristic, marked, distinctive, typical, signature, peculiar, differentiating, individualistic The bird has no distinguishing features.
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distinguishing[dɪsˈtɪŋgwɪʃɪŋ] ADJ → distintivo
distinguishing features [of landscape, sb's work] → rasgos mpl característicos, características fpl; [of animal] → rasgos mpl distintivos
distinguishing mark → marca f distintiva
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distinguishing[dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃɪŋ] adj [feature] → distinctif/ive, caractéristique
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distinguishing[dɪsˈtɪŋgwɪʃɪŋ] adj (marks, characteristics, features) → distintivo/a, caratteristico/a
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