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 for distinguish
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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. sting. Cf.
     Extinguish.]
     1. Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make
        distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to
        mark off by some characteristic.
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              Not more distinguished by her purple vest,
              Than by the charming features of her face. --Dryden.
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              Milton has distinguished the sweetbrier and the
              eglantine.                            --Nares.
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     2. To separate by definition of terms or logical division of
        a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish
        sounds into high and low.
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              Moses distinguished the causes of the flood into
              those that belong to the heavens, and those that
              belong to the earth.                  --T. Burnet.
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     3. 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.
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              We are enabled to distinguish good from evil, as
              well as truth from falsehood.         --Watts.
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              Nor more can you distinguish of a man,
              Than of his outward show.             --Shak.
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     4. To constitute a difference; to make to differ.
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              Who distinguisheth thee?              --1 Cor. iv.
                                                    7. (Douay
                                                    version).
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     5. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make
        eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with by
        or for."To distinguish themselves by means never tried
        before." --Johnson.
  
     Syn: To mark; discriminate; differentiate; characterize;
          discern; perceive; signalize; honor; glorify.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. To become distinguished or distinctive; to make one's self
        or itself discernible. [R.]
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              The little embryo . . . first distinguishes into a
              little knot.                          --Jer. Taylor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  distinguish
      v 1: mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
           [syn: distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern,
           secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell
           apart]
      2: 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" [syn: spot, recognize,
         recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make
         out, tell apart]
      3: be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a
         very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him from his
         peers" [syn: distinguish, mark, differentiate]
      4: make conspicuous or noteworthy [syn: signalize,
         signalise, distinguish]
      5: identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn:
         identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish,
         describe, name]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  142 Moby Thesaurus words for "distinguish":
     adorn, aggrandize, analyze, anatomize, atomize, be characteristic,
     behold, bestow honor upon, call attention to, catch sight of,
     categorize, change, characterize, chop logic, clap eyes on,
     classify, confer distinction on, contradistinguish, decide, define,
     demarcate, demark, denote, describe, descry, designate,
     desynonymize, detach, detect, determinate, determine, diagnose,
     difference, differentiate, dignify, discern, discover,
     discriminate, disengage, disequalize, disjoin, diversify, divide,
     draw the line, earmark, ennoble, erect, espy, extricate, feel,
     finger, glimpse, glorify, grace, grade, group, have, have in sight,
     hear, honor, identify, indicate, individualize, individuate, judge,
     ken, keynote, know, know again, lay eyes on, look on, look upon,
     magnify, make a distinction, make out, mark, mark off, mark out,
     mark the interface, modify, nail, note, notice, observe, part,
     particularize, peg, perceive, personalize, pick out, pick up,
     pinpoint, place, qualify, realize, recall knowledge of, recognize,
     refine a distinction, reidentify, remark, screen, screen out, see,
     segregate, select, sense, separate, set a limit, set apart,
     set off, set the pace, set the tone, sever, severalize, sieve,
     sieve out, sift, sift out, sight, signalize, single out, smell,
     sort, sort out, sound the keynote, specialize, split hairs, spot,
     spy, subdivide, sublime, subtilize, take in, taste, tell,
     tell apart, twig, uprear, vary, view, winnow, witness
  
  

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