V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to mark or recognize something as different, special, or noteworthy; 2. to detect with one's senses

Synonyms: differentiate, separate, discern, descry, perceive, designate, honor

Antonyms: confound, confuse

Tips: Distinguish comes from the Latin word distinguere, "to separate between." When you can tell the difference between two things and separate them according to their characteristics, you distinguish between them. A person who is distinguished (adjective) is admired or honored for something.

Usage Examples:

I couldn't distinguish by tasting the two wines, which was the more expensive one. (differentiate, discern)

He was a distinguished scientist who had won numerous accolades for his research. (admired, honored) adjective

He distinguished himself as the best student in his class and eventually became valedictorian. (designated, separated)

Children must learn to distinguish between right and wrong from an early age. (differentiate, discern)

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