to form or mark differently from other such things; distinguish.
to change; alter.
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.
- dif·fer·en·ti·a·tion, noun
- in·ter·dif·fer·en·ti·ate, verb (used with object), in·ter·dif·fer·en·ti·at·ed, in·ter·dif·fer·en·ti·at·ing.
- re·dif·fer·en·ti·ate, verb, re·dif·fer·en·ti·at·ed, re·dif·fer·en·ti·at·ing.
- self-dif·fer·en·ti·at·ing, adjective
- un·dif·fer·en·ti·at·ed, adjective
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How to use differentiate in a sentence
Let’s go through a list of most popular platforms and see what differentiates them from one another.How social media influence 71% consumer buying decisions | Aleh Barysevich | November 20, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
A fancam is so named to differentiate the fan’s camerawork from the official camerawork of an event.Election week memes turned the 2020 presidential race into K-pop-style fandom | Aja Romano | November 9, 2020 | Vox
Over time, if you pay close attention to how you feel, what you do in response, and what you get out of it, you’ll become better at differentiating between real and fake fatigue.
There’s just not much to differentiate them, and that’s a good thing.iPhone 12 and 12 Pro double review: Playing Apple’s greatest hits | Samuel Axon | October 29, 2020 | Ars Technica
The lottery also fails to differentiate between children with low special education needs and those with the highest need, the letter said.Principals critical of D.C. school system’s plan to reopen elementary schools | Perry Stein | October 28, 2020 | Washington Post
The cuts in standard works upon diseases of the skin will aid in differentiating the members of the group.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Being strictly impartial and truthful, he gave up the effort of differentiating and smiled.Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up | Clarence Edward Mulford
Especially apparent is the differentiating influence of difference of soils.Influences of Geographic Environment | Ellen Churchill Semple
A corner-stone of Weismann's theory is his assumption of nuclear divisions which are differentiating.The Biological Problem of To-day | Oscar Hertwig
The one kind is denoted as integral, or doubling division; the other as differential, or differentiating division.The Biological Problem of To-day | Oscar Hertwig
British Dictionary definitions for differentiate
(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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