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.
Origin of differentiate
Synonyms 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.