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differentiate

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

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

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

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

Full Definition of DIFFERENTIATE

transitive verb
1
:  to obtain the mathematical derivative of
2
:  to mark or show a difference in :  constitute a difference that distinguishes
3
:  to develop differential characteristics in
4
:  to cause differentiation of in the course of development
5
:  to express the specific distinguishing quality of :  discriminate
intransitive verb
1
:  to recognize or give expression to a difference
2
:  to become distinct or different in character
3
:  to undergo differentiation
dif·fer·en·tia·bil·i·ty \-ˌren(t)-sh(ē-)ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
dif·fer·en·tia·ble \-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>

First Known Use of DIFFERENTIATE

1816

differentiate

verb dif·fer·en·ti·ate \ˌdif-ə-ˈren-chē-ˌāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
dif·fer·en·ti·at·eddif·fer·en·ti·at·ing

Medical Definition of DIFFERENTIATE

transitive verb
1
:  to constitute a difference that distinguishes <the history of the injury also differentiates these two fractures—J. S. Keene et al>
2
:  to cause differentiation of in the course of development
3
:  to discriminate or give expression to a specific difference that distinguishes <quickly learned to differentiate sharp pain from dull pain>
4
:  to cause differentiation in (a specimen for microscopic examination) by staining
intransitive verb
1
:  to recognize or express a difference <differentiate between humans and the rest of the primates>
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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