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.
1. Marked; special.
The most distinguished politeness. --Mad. D' Arblay.
2. Separated from others by distinct difference; having, or indicating, superiority; eminent or known; illustrious; -- applied to persons and deeds.
Syn: -- Marked; noted; famous; conspicuous; celebrated; transcendent; eminent; illustrious; extraordinary; prominent. -- Distinguished, Eminent, Conspicuous, Celebrated, Illustrious. A man is eminent, when he stands high as compared with those around him; conspicuous, when he is so elevated as to be seen and observed; distinguished, when he has something which makes him stand apart from others in the public view; celebrated, when he is widely spoken of with honor and respect; illustrious, when a splendor is thrown around him which confers the highest dignity.
adj 1: (used of persons) standing above others in character or
attainment or reputation; "our distinguished
professor"; "an eminent scholar"; "a great statesman"
[syn: eminent, great]
2: 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" [syn: imposing, magisterial]
3: set apart from other such things