distinction

From Wiktionary
Jump to: navigation, search

Distinction is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /dɪˈstɪŋkʃən/
  • (file)

Noun[change]

Singular
distinction

Plural
distinctions

  1. (countable) A distinction is a difference that you have noticed or decided is important. Often used to separate things.
    Before we discuss how you can develop your creative powers, we need to make a distinction between two different but related activities --; THINKING and LEARNING.
    There is, in other words, no neat or clear distinction to be drawn between political equality and social and economic equality.
  2. (uncountable) If something is done with distinction, it is done to a high level and other people recognise that.
    We only wanted to take athletes of distinction; no one is going just for the trip.

Synonyms[change]