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dis·tin·guish / disˈtinggwish/ • v. [tr.] recognize or treat (someone or something) as different: the child is perfectly capable of distinguishing reality from fantasy. ∎  [intr.] perceive or point out a difference: bees are unable to distinguish between red, black, and various grays. ∎  manage to discern (something barely perceptible): it was too dark to distinguish anything more than their vague shapes. ∎  be an identifying or characteristic mark or property of: what distinguishes sports from games? | [as adj.] (distinguishing) a yellow brick house with no distinguishing features. ∎  (distinguish oneself) make oneself prominent and worthy of respect through one's behavior or achievements: many distinguished themselves in the fight against Hitler. DERIVATIVES: dis·tin·guish·a·ble adj.

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Distinguish

DISTINGUISH

To set apart as being separate or different; to point out an essential disparity.

To distinguish one case from another case means to show the dissimilarities between the two. It means to prove a case that is cited as applicable to the case currently in dispute is really inapplicable because the two cases are different.

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distinguish

distinguish divide into classes; make, or mark as, different; perceive plainly; make prominent, XVI. irreg. f. F. distinguer or L. distinguere + -ISH 2; cf. extinguish.

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