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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Distinguish \Dis*tin"guish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distinguished; p. pr. & vb. n. Distinguishing.] [F. distinguer, L. distinguere, distinctum; di- = dis- + stinguere to quench, extinguish; prob. orig., to prick, and so akin to G. stechen, E. stick, and perh. sting. Cf. Extinguish.] 1. Not set apart from others by visible marks; to make distinctive or discernible by exhibiting differences; to mark off by some characteristic. [1913 Webster] Not more distinguished by her purple vest, Than by the charming features of her face. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Milton has distinguished the sweetbrier and the eglantine. --Nares. [1913 Webster] 2. To separate by definition of terms or logical division of a subject with regard to difference; as, to distinguish sounds into high and low. [1913 Webster] Moses distinguished the causes of the flood into those that belong to the heavens, and those that belong to the earth. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster] 3. To recognize or discern by marks, signs, or characteristic quality or qualities; to know and discriminate (anything) from other things with which it might be confounded; as, to distinguish the sound of a drum. [1913 Webster] We are enabled to distinguish good from evil, as well as truth from falsehood. --Watts. [1913 Webster] Nor more can you distinguish of a man, Than of his outward show. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To constitute a difference; to make to differ. [1913 Webster] Who distinguisheth thee? --1 Cor. iv. 7. (Douay version). [1913 Webster] 5. To separate from others by a mark of honor; to make eminent or known; to confer distinction upon; -- with by or for."To distinguish themselves by means never tried before." --Johnson. Syn: To mark; discriminate; differentiate; characterize; discern; perceive; signalize; honor; glorify. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Distinguishing \Dis*tin"guish*ing\, a. Constituting difference, or distinction from everything else; distinctive; peculiar; characteristic. [1913 Webster] The distinguishing doctrines of our holy religion. --Locke. [1913 Webster] Distinguishing pennant (Naut.), a special pennant by which any particular vessel in a fleet is recognized and signaled. --Simmonds. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

46 Moby Thesaurus words for "distinguishing": accurate, appreciative, characteristic, characterizing, contrastive, critical, delicate, diacritical, diagnostic, differencing, differential, differentiative, discriminate, discriminating, discriminative, distinctive, exact, exemplary, fastidious, fine, idiosyncratic, individualizing, individuating, natural, naturalistic, nice, normal, peculiar, personalizing, precise, quintessential, realistic, refined, regular, sample, selective, sensitive, separative, subtle, tactful, true to form, true to type, typal, typic, typical, usual