differentiate

[ dif-uh-ren-shee-eyt ]
/ ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃiˌeɪt /

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.


Nearby words

  1. differential topology,
  2. differential ureteralcatheterization test,
  3. differential weathering,
  4. differential windlass,
  5. differentially,
  6. differentiation,
  7. differentiator,
  8. differently,
  9. difficile,
  10. difficult

Origin of differentiate

1810–20; < Medieval Latin differentiātus distinguished (past participle of differentiāre), equivalent to Latin different(ia) difference + -ātus -ate1

SYNONYMS FOR differentiate
1. set off. 3. separate.

Related forms

Synonym study

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
Derived Formsdifferentiator, noun

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Word Origin and History for differentiate

differentiate

v.

1816, from Medieval Latin differentiatus, past participle of differentiare, from Latin differentia (see difference).

Originally a mathematical term; transitive and non-technical sense of "discriminate between" is from 1876. Earlier, difference had been used as a verb in this sense. Related: Differentiated; differentiating; differentiation.

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