Differentiate Dif`fer*en"ti*ate, v. i. (Biol.) To acquire a distinct and separate character. --Huxley. [1913 Webster]

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  • differentiate — dif‧fe‧ren‧ti‧ate [ˌdɪfəˈrenʆieɪt] verb [transitive] MARKETING when a company differentiates its products, it shows how they are different from each other and from competing products, for example in its advertising. This is done to show buyers… …   Financial and business terms

  • Differentiate — Dif fer*en ti*ate, v. t. 1. To distinguish or mark by a specific difference; to effect a difference in, as regards classification; to develop differential characteristics in; to specialize; to desynonymize. [1913 Webster] The word then was… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • differentiate — [v1] make a distinction antithesize, characterize, comprehend, contrast, demarcate, discern, discrepate, discriminate, extricate, individualize, individuate, know, know what’s what*, mark, mark off, redline*, separate, set apart, set off, sever,… …   New thesaurus

  • differentiate — I verb characterize, classify, contrast, demarcate, discern between, discriminate, distinguish, diversify, draw the line, exercise discrimination, make a distinction, make distinctive, mark off by differences, mark out, particularize, perceive… …   Law dictionary

  • differentiate — (v.) 1816, from M.L. differentiatus, pp. of differentiare, from L. differentia (see DIFFERENCE (Cf. difference)). Originally a mathematical term; transitive and non technical sense of discriminate between is from 1876. Earlier, difference had… …   Etymology dictionary

  • differentiate — *distinguish, discriminate, demarcate Analogous words: *separate, divide, part: *detach, disengage Antonyms: confuse Contrasted words: confound, *mistake …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • differentiate — ► VERB 1) recognize or identify as different; distinguish. 2) cause to appear different or distinct. 3) Mathematics transform (a function) into its derivative. DERIVATIVES differentiation noun differentiator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • differentiate — [dif΄ər en′shē āt΄] vt. differentiated, differentiating [< ML differentiatus, pp. of differentiare < L differentia: see DIFFERENCE] 1. to constitute a difference in or between 2. to make unlike; develop specialized differences in 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • differentiate — 01. I can t [differentiate] between the Chinese and Japanese language when I hear them spoken. 02. It s hard to [differentiate] between a male and female hamster. 03. You should learn some contextual clues to help you [differentiate] between… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • differentiate — dif|fe|ren|ti|ate [ˌdıfəˈrenʃieıt] v 1.) [I and T] to recognize or express the difference between things or people = ↑distinguish differentiate between ▪ It s important to differentiate between fact and opinion. differentiate sth from sth ▪ It s… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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