Definition of distinct adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪŋkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪŋkt//
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  1. 1easily or clearly heard, seen, felt, etc. There was a distinct smell of gas. His voice was quiet but every word was distinct.
  2. 2clearly different or of a different kind The results of the survey fell into two distinct groups. distinct from something Jamaican reggae music is quite distinct from North American jazz or blues. rural areas, as distinct from major cities
  3. 3[only before noun] used to emphasize that you think an idea or situation definitely exists and is important synonym definite Being tall gave Tony a distinct advantage. I had the distinct impression I was being watched. A strike is now a distinct possibility.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘differentiated’): from Latin distinctus ‘separated, distinguished’, from the verb distinguere, from dis- ‘apart’ + stinguere ‘put out’.Extra examples Manufacturers hope their new products will be sufficiently distinct to command higher prices. Political power should be regarded as analytically distinct from economic power. She was studying lung cancer, as distinct from other types of cancer. The various dialects are quite distinct from one another. geographically distinct regions We are talking about rural areas, as distinct from major cities.
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