differentiate

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

Definition of differentiate

differentiated

;

differentiating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 mathematics :  to obtain the mathematical derivative (see 1derivative 3) of

  3. 2 :  to mark or show a difference in :  constitute a contrasting element that distinguishes <features that differentiate the twins> <how we differentiate ourselves from our competitors>

  4. 3 :  to develop differential or distinguishing characteristics in <What differentiated a laborer from another man … — Sherwood Anderson>

  5. 4 biology :  to cause differentiation (see differentiation 3b) of in the course of development <cells that are differentiateed from stem cells>

  6. 5 :  to express the specific distinguishing quality of :  discriminate <differentiate poetry and prose>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to recognize or give expression to a difference <difficult to differentiate between the two>

  9. 2 :  to become distinct or different in character

  10. 3 biology :  to undergo differentiation (see differentiation 3b) <when the cells begin to differentiate>

differentiability

play \-ˌren(t)-sh(ē-)ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

differentiable

play \-ˈren(t)-sh(ē-)ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of differentiate in a sentence

  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>

Origin and Etymology of differentiate

see 1different


First Known Use: 1814


DIFFERENTIATE Defined for English Language Learners

differentiate

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

Definition of differentiate for English Language Learners

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

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


DIFFERENTIATE Defined for Kids

differentiate

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verb dif·fer·en·ti·ate \ˌdi-fə-ˈren-shē-ˌāt\

Definition of differentiate for Students

differentiated

differentiating

  1. 1 :  to make or become different <What differentiates the cars?>

  2. 2 :  to recognize or state the difference between <I can't differentiate the two colors.>


Medical Dictionary

differentiate

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

Medical Definition of differentiate

differentiated

;

differentiating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

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

  4. 2:  to cause differentiation of in the course of development

  5. 3:  to discriminate or give expression to a specific difference that distinguishes <quickly learned to differentiate sharp pain from dull pain>

  6. 4:  to cause differentiation in (a specimen for microscopic examination) by staining

  7. 1

  8. intransitive verb

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

  10. 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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