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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dis·tin·guish /dɪˈstɪŋ(g)wɪʃ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·tin·guish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distinguished p. pr. & vb. n. Distinguishing.]
 1. Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic.
 Not more distinguished by her purple vest,
 Than by the charming features of her face.   --Dryden.
    Milton has distinguished the sweetbrier and the eglantine.   --Nares.
 2. To separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish sounds into high and low.
    Moses distinguished the causes of the flood into those that belong to the heavens, and those that belong to the earth.   --T. Burnet.
 3. To recognize or discern by marks, signs, or characteristic quality or qualities; to know and discriminate (anything) from other things with which it might be confounded; as, to distinguish the sound of a drum.
    We are enabled to distinguish good from evil, as well as truth from falsehood.   --Watts.
 Nor more can you distinguish of a man,
 Than of his outward show.   --Shak.
 4. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
    Who distinguisheth thee?   --1 Cor. iv. 7. (Douay version).
 5. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with by or for.“To distinguish themselves by means never tried before.”
 Syn: -- To mark; discriminate; differentiate; characterize; discern; perceive; signalize; honor; glorify.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·tin·guish, v. i.
 1. To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; -- with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle.
 2. To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible. [R.]
    The little embryo . . . first distinguishes into a little knot.   --Jer. Taylor.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
           [syn: separate, differentiate, secern, secernate,
            severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart]
      2: detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked
         out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I
         can't make out the faces in this photograph" [syn: recognize,
          recognise, discern, pick out, make out, tell
      3: be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in
         a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form
         his peers" [syn: mark, differentiate]
      4: make conspicuous or noteworthy [syn: signalize, signalise]
      5: identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: identify,
          discover, key, key out, describe, name]