distinguish
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distinguish(
dihs
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tihng
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gwihsh
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to differentiate)
a. distinguir
The siblings looked so much alike that we couldn't distinguish one from the other.Los hermanos se parecían tanto que no podíamos distinguir uno del otro.
2. (to make different; used with "from")
a. distinguir de
The author explored the experiences that distinguished her from her peers.La autora explora las experiencias que la distinguieron de sus pares.
b. diferenciar de
What distinguishes him from the other students is his passion for knowledge.Lo que lo diferencia de los otros alumnos es su pasión por el conocimiento.
3. (to discern)
a. distinguir
I couldn't distinguish the figures on the horizon without my glasses.No podía distinguir las figuras en el horizonte sin mis gafas.
4. (to make prominent)
a. distinguirse
The soldier's bravery helped him to distinguish himself among his colleagues during the war.La valentía del soldado lo ayudó a distinguirse entre sus colegas durante la guerra.
b. destacarse
The lawyer distinguished himself in his field by never losing a case.El abogado se destacó en su campo no perdiendo jamás un caso.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to discern)
a. distinguir
In the darkness, I couldn't distinguish between my brother's car and mine.En la oscuridad, no podía distinguir entre el carro de mi hermano y el mío.
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distinguish
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (recognize)
a. distinguir
2. (characterize, differentiate)
a. distinguir
distinguishing markrasgo físico característico
3. (earn praise, honor)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to distinguish oneself by…distinguirse por…
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to distinguish betweendistinguir entre
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distinguish [dɪsˈtɪŋɡwɪʃ]
transitive verb
1 (differentiate) distinguir
they are so alike, it's hard to distinguish them son tan parecidos que es difícil distinguirlos; he is unable to distinguish brown from green or brown and green no es capaz de distinguir el marrón del verde or el marrón y el verde
2 (make different) distinguir;from de
it is his professionalism that distinguishes him from his rivals su profesionalismo es lo que le distingue de sus rivales; to distinguish o.s. destacarse;as como; he distinguished himself during his career in the army se destacó durante su carrera en el ejército; you've really distinguished yourself! ¡te has lucido! (ironic)
she distinguished herself as a violinist
3 (characterize) caracterizar
her work is distinguished by its excellent presentation su trabajo se caracteriza por una excelente presentación
4 (discern) [+landmark] distinguir; vislumbrar; [+voice] distinguir; [+change] distinguir; reconocer
intransitive verb
distinguir;between entre
I can't distinguish between the two of them no puedo distinguir entre los dos
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