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DIFFERENTIATE

dif·fer·en·ti·ate

verb \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·ed

dif·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>