- 1 1.1 (diferenciar) to distinguish no sabe distinguir una nota de otra she can't tell o distinguish one note from another he aprendido a distinguir los diferentes compositores I've learnt to distinguish (between) o recognize the different composers son tan parecidos que es muy difícil distinguirlos they look so much alike it's very difficult to tell them apart o to tell one from the other o to distinguish between them yo la distinguiría entre mil I'd recognize o know her anywhere, I could pick her out in a crowd 1.2 (caracterizar) to characterize
- 2 (percibir) to make out a lo lejos se distingue la catedral the cathedral can be seen in the distance entre los matorrales pudo distinguir algo que se movía she could make out o see something moving in the bushes se distinguía claramente el ruido de las olas the sound of the waves could be clearly heard, we/he/they could clearly hear o make out the sound of the waves
- 3 (con una medalla, un honor) to honor* los distinguió con su presencia [formal] she honored them with her presence [formal]
distinguirse v pron
poralgo se distinguió por su talento musical he became famous o renowned for his musical talent se distinguió por su valor en el combate he distinguished himself by his bravery in battle nuestros productos se distinguen por su calidad our products stand out for their quality, our products are distinguished by o for their quality distinguirse enalgo to distinguish oneself insth, to make a name for oneself insth
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