1 differentiate, discriminate, tell the difference, tell apart, determine, judge, decide, tell who's who or what's what:
He is still unable to distinguish between his own twin daughters.
2 classify, categorize, characterize, individualize, mark, identify, define, designate, denote, indicate, separate, single out, set apart; grade, group:
The male is distinguished by his brighter colouring.
3 sense, make out, perceive, discern, pick out, recognize, identify, detect, notice; see, espy, descry; hear; smell; taste; feel:
I could distinguish two people in the dark.
4 call attention to, identify, mark, set apart, separate, segregate, indicate, particularize:
She distinguished herself by her great beauty and her awful voice.
clearly, sharply | carefully | easily, readily
The adult can bereadily distinguished by its orangebill.
VERB + DISTINGUISH
be able to, can/could | be unable to | be difficult to, be hard to, be impossible to, be possible to | be important to, be necessary to
It is important to distinguish between cause and effect.
It is often difficultto distinguish clearly between factand fiction in this book.
She could not distinguish one childfrom another.
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