Variant of distinguish
- to separate or mark off by differences; perceive or show the difference in; differentiate
- to be an essential characteristic of; characterize
- to perceive clearly; recognize plainly by any of the senses
- to separate and classify
- to make famous or eminent; give distinction to: to distinguish oneself in battle
Origin: ; from Classical Latin distinguere, to separate, discriminate ; from dis-, apart plush -stinguere, to prick ; from Indo-European base an unverified form steig-, to prick, pierce (from source stick, German sticken, to embroider, Classical Greek stigma) plush -ish, sense
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