[v] mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
[v] be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"
[v] identify as in botany or biology, for example
[v] make conspicuous or noteworthy
[v] detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
describe, differentiate, discern, discover, key, key out, make out, mark, name, pick out, recognise, recognize, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, signalise, signalize, tell, tell apart, tell apart