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differentiate

[ dif-uh-ren-shee-eyt ]
/ ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃiˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), dif·fer·en·ti·at·ed, dif·fer·en·ti·at·ing.

verb (used without object), dif·fer·en·ti·at·ed, dif·fer·en·ti·at·ing.

1 set off.

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Origin of differentiate

First recorded in 1810–20; from Medieval Latin differentiātus distinguished (past participle of differentiāre ), equivalent to Latin different(ia) difference + -ātus -ate1
1. See distinguish.
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British Dictionary definitions for differentiate

differentiate
/ (ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃɪˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to serve to distinguish between
(when intr, often foll by between) to perceive, show, or make a difference (in or between); discriminate
(intr) to become dissimilar or distinct
maths to perform a differentiation on (a quantity, expression, etc)
(intr) (of unspecialized cells, etc) to change during development to more specialized forms
differentiator, noun
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