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Translation of distinguir in English:

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

  • 3 (con una medalla, un honor) to honor (inglés norteamericano/American English) o/or (inglés británico/British English) honour los distinguió con su presencia [formal] she honored them with her presence [formal]

verbo intransitivo/intransitive verb

  • (discernir) hay que saber distinguir para apreciar la diferencia you have to be discerning to appreciate the difference

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (distinguirse)

  • (destacarse)distinguirse por algo se distinguió por su talento musical he became famous o/or 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/or for their quality distinguirse en algo to distinguish oneself in sth, to make a name for oneself in sth

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