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Distinguish, 1) trans. a) to know and discriminate from other things: Err. I, 1, 53. Shr. I, 1, 205. With “from:” Cymb. I, 3, 10.
b) to make discernible by exhibiting differences: “perspectives which eyed awry d. form,” R2 II, 2, 20. “the valued file --es the swift, the slow,” Mcb. III, 1, 96.
c) to discern, to understand: “no man could d. what he said,” Lucr. 1785. “that mought not be --ed,” H6C V, 2, 45. “nor more can you d. of a man than of his outward show,” R3 III, 1, 9. “every one hears that which can d. sound,” Lr. IV, 6, 215.
2) intr. to perceive difference; followed by “betwixt:” Oth. I, 3, 314. Cymb. I, 6, 34. By of: “sight may d. of colours,” H6B II, 1, 129. “since my dear soul was mistress of her choice and could of men d.” Hml. III, 2, 69 (Qq could of men d. her election, s' hath etc.)
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