Synonyms of distinguish in English:


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1‘a food allergy may be difficult to distinguish from a viral infection’


differentiate, tell apart, discriminate, discern, determine, pick out

tell the difference between, decide between, draw a distinction between, make a distinction between

2‘he was able to distinguish the shapes of the trees in the dark’


discern, see, perceive, make out

observe, notice, spot, glimpse, catch sight of

detect, recognize, identify, pick out

formal apprehend

literary descry, espy

3‘this is what distinguishes history from other disciplines’


separate, set apart, make distinctive, make different

single out, mark off, demarcate, delimit, delineate

characterize, individualize, individuate, identify, designate, categorize, classify


    distinguish oneself

      ‘he had distinguished himself during his university days’


      attain distinction, be successful, bring fame to oneself, bring honour to oneself, become famous, dignify oneself, glorify oneself, excel oneself, win acclaim for oneself, ennoble oneself, become lionized, become immortalized, elevate oneself