Verb > Distinguish

Verb > Distinguish

1 : to notice or recognize a difference between people or things

(no object)

You’re old enough to distinguish between fact and fantasy.

I have trouble distinguishing between the two of them.

(+ object)

Their voices are hard to distinguish. (=tell apart)

I have trouble distinguishing the difference between the two of them.

You should be able to distinguish fact from fantasy.

2 not used in progressive tenses, (+ object) : to make (someone or something) different or special in some way

The only thing that distinguishes the dogs is their bark.

The recipe is distinguished by its simplicity. (=the unusual or interesting thing about the recipe is its simplicity)

The singer’s voice is what distinguishes the band.

¡X often + from

Our excellent customer service distinguishes us from our competitors.

The law affects private property as distinguished from public property. (=the law affects private property and not public property)

3 not used in progressive tenses, (+ object) : to see or hear (someone or something) clearly

You can’t distinguish the detail from this distance.