Definition of distinguish in English:


Line breaks: dis|tin¦guish
Pronunciation: /dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃ


[with object]
  • 3 (distinguish oneself) Make oneself worthy of respect by one’s behaviour or achievements: many distinguished themselves in the fight against Hitler
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    • The young GM plant has already distinguished itself by a remarkable achievement in quality.
    • The suit dragged on for years during which the tribes and government did not distinguish themselves by their behavior.
    • Those who excel in this struggle distinguish themselves through nothing more exotic than boundless cunning and ruthlessness.
    attain distinction, be successful, bring fame/honour to oneself, become famous, dignify oneself, glorify oneself, excel oneself, win acclaim for oneself, ennoble oneself, become lionized, become immortalized, elevate oneself


late 16th century: formed irregularly from French distinguer or Latin distinguere, from dis- 'apart' + stinguere 'put out' (from a base meaning 'prick').

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