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differentiate

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verb dif·fer·en·ti·ate \ˌdif-ə-ˈren(t)-shē-ˌāt\

Simple Definition of differentiate

  • : to make (someone or something) different in some way

  • : to see or state the difference or differences between two or more things

Full Definition of differentiate

dif·fer·en·ti·at·eddif·fer·en·ti·at·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to obtain the mathematical derivative of

  3. 2 :  to mark or show a difference in :  constitute a difference that distinguishes

  4. 3 :  to develop differential characteristics in

  5. 4 :  to cause differentiation of in the course of development

  6. 5 :  to express the specific distinguishing quality of :  discriminate

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to recognize or give expression to a difference

  9. 2 :  to become distinct or different in character

  10. 3 :  to undergo differentiation

dif·fer·en·tia·bil·i·ty play \-ˌren(t)-sh(ē-)ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
dif·fer·en·tia·ble play \-ˈren(t)-sh(ē-)ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of differentiate

  1. The only thing that differentiates the twins is the color of their eyes.

  2. <it was hard at first to differentiate between the two styles of music>



1816

First Known Use of differentiate

1816


Medical Dictionary

differentiate

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verb dif·fer·en·ti·ate \ˌdif-ə-ˈren-chē-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of differentiate

dif·fer·en·ti·at·eddif·fer·en·ti·at·ing

  1. transitive verb

  2. 1:  to constitute a difference that distinguishes <the history of the injury also differentiates these two fractures—J. S. Keene et al>

  3. 2:  to cause differentiation of in the course of development

  4. 3:  to discriminate or give expression to a specific difference that distinguishes <quickly learned to differentiate sharp pain from dull pain>

  5. 4:  to cause differentiation in (a specimen for microscopic examination) by staining

  6. intransitive verb

  7. 1:  to recognize or express a difference <differentiate between humans and the rest of the primates>

  8. 2:  to undergo differentiation <when a B cell matures, it differentiates into a plasma cell that secretes antibodies—R. C. Gallo>





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