- to become unlike or dissimilar; change in character.
- to make a distinction.
- Biology. (of cells or tissues) to change from relatively generalized to specialized kinds, during development.
Origin of differentiate
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Examples from the Web for differentiate
How can we taxonomize their experience, and differentiate it from hallucination, or psychotic break?Eben Alexander Has a GPS for Heaven
October 8, 2014
How did you try to differentiate your version from that one?
He also shared insight into major factors that differentiate ancient vines.The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines
February 22, 2014
He created the curved Virgule heel as a signature, to differentiate his work post-Dior.Shoes Fit For A Museum: Roger Vivier’s Virigule Show Opens at Palais De Tokyo
October 2, 2013
They do not differentiate between the self-proclaimed Jewish State and the non-complicit members of that faith.No, Most Palestinians Aren't Anti-Semites
May 9, 2013
That the dog-germ should seek to get hold of, and differentiate them, we can well understand.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
And no one—not one of all these people could differentiate him?The Million-Dollar Suitcase
Conscientiously, sir, I don't know how to differentiate him.Justice (Second Series Plays)
That, however, is apt to differentiate city from city, and even land from land.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
All that we can expect is to be able to differentiate them from their neighbours.
- (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
Word Origin and History for differentiate
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.