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Pronunciation: /distɛ̃ɡe/

Translation of distinguer in English:

verbe transitif

  • 1 (séparer)
    (personne, esprit)
    to distinguish between
    il faut distinguer deux domaines bien différents
    we must distinguish between two very different fields
    distinguer A et B
    to distinguish between A and B
    distinguer A de B
    to tell ou distinguish A from B
    il est difficile de distinguer les deux jumeaux
    it's difficult to tell the twins apart
  • 5 (récompenser)
    (personne, jury)
    to single out [somebody] for an honour (anglais britannique) (personne)
    (prix, récompense)
    to be awarded to (personne, œuvre)

verbe intransitif

  • il faut savoir distinguer
    you have to be able to tell the difference
    distinguer s'il s'agit d'un besoin réel ou d'un caprice
    to judge whether it's a question of real need or of a whim
    distinguer entre A et B
    to distinguish ou make a distinction between A and B

also: se distinguer verbe pronominal

  • 1 (différer) se distinguer de (par ses qualités)
    to differ from
    (par ses actes) to set oneself apart from
    il vaut mieux éviter de se distinguer
    it's best not to be conspicuous
  • 2 (s'illustrer)
    (chercheur, sportif, candidat)
    to distinguish oneself
    il s'est surtout distingué en physique théorique
    he distinguished himself especially in theoretical physics
    l'auteur se distingue/ne se distingue pas par son originalité
    the author is noted/isn't noted for his originality
  • 3 (être perçu)
    to be distinguishable
    se distinguer à peine dans le brouillard
    to be barely distinguishable in the fog
  • 4 (se faire remarquer) [péjoratif]
    to draw attention to oneself
    il faut toujours qu'elle se distingue, celle-là!
    she always has to draw attention to herself!

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