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Distinguish vs. Distinction

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Distinguish

Recognize or treat (someone or something) as different
The child is perfectly capable of distinguishing reality from fantasy
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Distinction

The act of distinguishing; differentiation
Economists making an ongoing distinction between domestic and foreign markets.
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Distinguish

Manage to discern (something barely perceptible)
It was too dark to distinguish anything more than their vague shapes
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Distinction

The condition or fact of being dissimilar or distinct; difference
"the crucial distinction between education and indoctrination" (A. Bartlett Giamatti).
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Distinguish

Make oneself worthy of respect by one's behaviour or achievements
Many distinguished themselves in the fight against Hitler
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Distinction

A distinguishing factor, attribute, or characteristic
A legal system blind to distinctions of race, gender, and class.
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Distinguish

To perceive as being different or distinct
Can you distinguish a pattern in this behavior?.
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Distinction

Excellence or eminence, as of performance, character, or reputation
A diplomat of distinction.
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Distinguish

To perceive distinctly; discern
The lookout distinguished the masts of ships on the horizon.
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Distinction

A special quality or accomplishment conferring uniqueness or honor
Has the distinction of being the tallest in his class.
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Distinguish

To demonstrate or describe as being different or distinct
A scientist who distinguished four species of the plant.
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Distinction

Recognition of achievement or superiority; honor
Graduated with distinction.
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Distinguish

To be an identifying characteristic of; make noticeable or different
These spices distinguish this style of Asian cooking.
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Distinction

An award or honor given to someone for outstanding achievement
Won many distinctions while in the military.
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Distinguish

To cause (oneself) to be respected or eminent
They have distinguished themselves as dedicated social workers.
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Distinction

That which distinguishes; a single occurrence of a determining factor or feature, the fact of being divided; separation, discrimination.
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Distinguish

To perceive or indicate differences; discriminate
Can the child distinguish between right and wrong?.
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Distinction

The act of distinguishing, discriminating; discrimination.
There is a distinction to be made between resting and slacking.
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Distinguish

To recognize someone or something as different from others based on its characteristics.
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Distinction

Specifically, a feature that causes someone or something to stand out as being better; a mark of honour, rank, eminence or excellence; being distinguished.
She had the distinction of meeting the Queen.
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Distinguish

To see someone or something clearly or distinctly.
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Distinction

A marking off by visible signs; separation into parts; division.
The distinction of tragedy into acts was not known.
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Distinguish

To make oneself noticeably different or better from others through accomplishments.
The soldier distinguished himself in combat and received a medal.
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Distinction

The act of distinguishing or denoting the differences between objects, or the qualities by which one is known from others; exercise of discernment; discrimination.
To take away therefore that error, which confusion breedeth, distinction is requisite.
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Distinguish

To make to differ.
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Distinction

That which distinguishes one thing from another; distinguishing quality; sharply defined difference; as, the distinction between real and apparent good.
The distinction betwixt the animal kingdom and the inferior parts of matter.
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Distinguish

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.
Milton has distinguished the sweetbrier and the eglantine.
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Distinction

Estimation of difference; regard to differences or distinguishing circumstance.
Maids, women, wives, without distinction, fall.
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Distinguish

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.
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Distinction

Conspicuous station; eminence; superiority; honorable estimation; as, a man of distinction.
Your country's own means of distinction and defense.
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Distinguish

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.
Nor more can you distinguish of a man,Than of his outward show.
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Distinction

A discrimination between things as different and distinct;
It is necessary to make a distinction between love and infatuation
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Distinguish

To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
Who distinguisheth thee?
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Distinction

High status importance owing to marked superiority;
A scholar of great eminence
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Distinguish

To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; - with by or for.
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Distinction

A distinguishing quality;
It has the distinction of being the cheapest restaurant in town
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Distinguish

To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; - with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle.
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Distinction

A distinguishing difference;
He learned the distinction between gold and lead
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Distinguish

To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self or itself discernible.
The little embryo . . . first distinguishes into a little knot.
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Distinguish

Mark as different;
We distinguish several kinds of maple
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Distinguish

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
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Distinguish

Be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense;
His modesty distinguishes him form his peers
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Distinguish

Make conspicuous or noteworthy
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Distinguish

Identify as in botany or biology, for example
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