Definitions for differentiateˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃiˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dif•fer•en•ti•ate*ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃiˌeɪt(v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to form or mark differently from other such things; distinguish.

  2. to perceive the difference in or between.

  3. to make different by modification, as a biological species.

  4. Math. to obtain the differential or the derivative of.

    Category: Math

  5. (v.i.)to become unlike or dissimilar.

  6. to make a distinction.

  7. (of cells or tissues) to change from relatively generalized to specialized kinds during development.

    Category: Biology

* Syn: See distinguish.

Origin of differentiate:

1810–20; < ML

dif`fer•en′ti•a`tor(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart(verb)

    mark as different

    "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

  2. distinguish, mark, differentiate(verb)

    be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense

    "His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"

  3. differentiate(verb)

    calculate a derivative; take the derivative

  4. differentiate(verb)

    become different during development

    "cells differentiate"

  5. speciate, differentiate, specialize, specialise(verb)

    evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment

  6. differentiate(verb)

    become distinct and acquire a different character

Wiktionary

  1. differentiate(Verb)

    To show, or be the distinction between two things.

  2. differentiate(Verb)

    To perceive the difference between things; to discriminate.

  3. differentiate(Verb)

    To modify, or be modified.

  4. differentiate(Verb)

    To calculate the derivative of a function.

  5. differentiate(Verb)

    To calculate the differential of a function of multiple variables.

  6. differentiate(Verb)

    To produce distinct organs or to achieve specific functions by a process of development called differentiation.

  7. Origin: From *, past participle of *, from differentia; see difference.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Differentiate(verb)

    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

  2. Differentiate(verb)

    to express the specific difference of; to describe the properties of (a thing) whereby it is differenced from another of the same class; to discriminate

  3. Differentiate(verb)

    to obtain the differential, or differential coefficient, of; as, to differentiate an algebraic expression, or an equation

  4. Differentiate(verb)

    to acquire a distinct and separate character

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'differentiate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3600

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'differentiate' in Verbs Frequency: #1018


Translations for differentiate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

differentiate(verb)

to see or be able to tell a difference (between)

I cannot even differentiate a blackbird and a starling.

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