distinguish

01. Children under the age of 4 cannot always [distinguish] between the truth and a lie.
02. Witnesses to the crime said the suspect had no [distinguishing] features.
03. The Beatles [distinguished] themselves as perhaps the most important popular musical group of the century.
04. This beer is [distinguishable] by its light berry flavors.
05. I could hear people talking in the next room, but no words were [distinguishable].
06. It was hard to [distinguish] if it was a man or a woman in the dark room.
07. Creativity and deviance can sometimes be difficult to [distinguish].
08. Calvin had a long and [distinguished] career in medicine.
09. Arthur C. Clarke once said that any sufficiently advanced technology is [indistinguishable] from magic.
10. Biologists have discovered that the fingerprints of koala bears are almost [indistinguishable] from those of a human.
11. The human eye can [distinguish] about 17,000 colors.
12. Koalas and humans are the only animals with unique fingerprints and, in fact, koala prints cannot be [distinguished] from human fingerprints.
13. Culture has been described as a complex of ideas, or learned habits, that inhibit impulses and [distinguish] people from animals.
14. Scientists are now mapping patterns of tiny differences in DNA which [distinguish] one human from another.
15. The ability to reproduce is one of the [distinguishing] characteristics of living things.
16. The human ear can [distinguish] more than 1,500 different musical tones.
17. Fijian soldiers [distinguished] themselves in battle during the Second World War.
18. It can sometimes be difficult to [distinguish] between an American and Canadian accent.
19. There are not always visible [distinguishing] characteristics between different species of rhinoceros.
20. Scientist Amaeo Avogadro first [distinguished] molecules from atoms in 1811.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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  • distinguish — dis·tin·guish vt: to identify or explain differences in or from distinguish ed the cases on factual grounds Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. distinguish …   Law dictionary

  • Distinguish — Dis*tin guish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distinguished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distinguishing}.] [F. distinguer, L. distinguere, distinctum; di = dis + stinguere to quench, extinguish; prob. orig., to prick, and so akin to G. stechen, E. stick, and perh.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distinguish — 1 Distinguish, differentiate, discriminate, demarcate are synonymous when they mean to point out or mark the differences between things that are or seem to be much alike or closely related. Distinguish presupposes sources of confusion; the things …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • distinguish — [di stiŋ′gwish] vt. [< L distinguere, to separate, discriminate < dis , apart + stinguere, to prick < IE base * steig , to prick, pierce (> STICK, Ger sticken, to embroider, Gr stigma) + ISH, sense 2] 1. to separate or mark off by… …   English World dictionary

  • distinguish — [v1] tell the difference analyze, ascertain, categorize, characterize, classify, collate, decide, demarcate, determinate, determine, diagnose, diagnosticate, differentiate, discriminate, divide, estimate, extricate, figure out, finger*, identify …   New thesaurus

  • distinguish — ► VERB 1) recognize, show, or treat as different. 2) manage to discern (something barely perceptible). 3) be an identifying characteristic of. 4) (distinguish oneself) make oneself worthy of respect. DERIVATIVES distinguishable adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • Distinguish — Dis*tin guish, v. i. 1. To make distinctions; to perceive the difference; to exercise discrimination; with between; as, a judge distinguishes between cases apparently similar, but differing in principle. [1913 Webster] 2. To become distinguished… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distinguish — 1560s, from M.Fr. distinguiss , stem of distinguer, or directly from L. distinguere to separate between, separate by pricking, from dis apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + stinguere to prick (see EXTINGUISH (Cf. extinguish), and Cf. L. instinguere …   Etymology dictionary

  • distinguish */*/*/ — UK [dɪˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ] / US verb Word forms distinguish : present tense I/you/we/they distinguish he/she/it distinguishes present participle distinguishing past tense distinguished past participle distinguished 1) [intransitive/transitive] to recognize …   English dictionary

  • distinguish — dis|tin|guish [ dı stıŋgwıʃ ] verb *** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to recognize the differences between things: DIFFERENTIATE: He learned to distinguish a great variety of birds, animals, and plants. distinguish between: They concluded that… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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