a) Transitive verb
1. To perceive a difference in: mentally separate
- The fic had become so badly written that it was impossible to distinguish canon characters from Mary Sues.
2. To mark as separate or different
- The Sunflower Official could be distinguished from its garden variety fellows by its tendency to communicate telepathically. Oh, and the suit helped, too.
3. To give prominence or distinction to
- The student had distinguished himself in the not-so-lost art of pyromancy in his home continuum, and was therefore assigned to DOGA upon recruitment.
b) Intransitive verb
1. To perceive a difference
- After one too many bad crossovers, the agent grew so delusional that she could no longer distinguish friend from foe and started glomping her enemies.
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