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 differentiated 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

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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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