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Dictionary definition for: Distinguish

1. (v) mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

2. (v) 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"

3. (v) be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"

4. (v) make conspicuous or noteworthy

5. (v) identify as in botany or biology, for example

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