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Definitions for differentiate
ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃiˌeɪtdif·fer·en·ti·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apartverb

    mark as different

    "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

  2. distinguish, mark, differentiateverb

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

    "His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"

  3. differentiateverb

    calculate a derivative; take the derivative

  4. differentiateverb

    become different during development

    "cells differentiate"

  5. speciate, differentiate, specialize, specialiseverb

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

  6. differentiateverb

    become distinct and acquire a different character


  1. differentiateverb

    To show, or be the distinction between two things.

  2. differentiateverb

    To perceive the difference between things; to discriminate.

  3. differentiateverb

    To modify, or be modified.

  4. differentiateverb

    To calculate the derivative of a function.

  5. differentiateverb

    To calculate the differential of a function of multiple variables.

  6. differentiateverb

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

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


  1. differentiate

    To differentiate is to recognize or identify the distinct characteristics or qualities that distinguish one thing or person from another. It can also refer to a mathematical process used in calculus where a function or equation is differentiated to find the rate at which a quantity is changing at a given point.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Differentiateverb

    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. Differentiateverb

    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. Differentiateverb

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

  4. Differentiateverb

    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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of differentiate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of differentiate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of differentiate in a Sentence

  1. Kun Guo:

    This is the first empirical experiment that will show dogs can integrate visual and oratory inputs to understand or differentiate human emotion as dog emotion.

  2. Stella Lee:

    The inside of the nose is lined by a multitude of cilia( which look like a shag carpet under the microscope) that are constantly providing clearance of mucus, pathogens and inhaled particulates to the back of the nose by beating in a rhythmic motion, it is amazing that our noses can differentiate between potentially harmful pathogens and innocuous agents.

  3. Rebecca West:

    People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.

  4. Richard Bleicher:

    It's sort of akin to trying to differentiate blue from teal from green – there is a bit of subjectivity.

  5. Gavin Newsom:

    In this incredibly polarized America with hate crimes on the rise, we shouldn’t differentiate between symbols of racism. Hate is hate.

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Translations for differentiate

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  • диференцирам, различавам се, видоизменям, разграничавам се, отличавам сеBulgarian
  • rozlišovat, derivovatCzech
  • diskriminieren, differenzieren, unterscheidenGerman
  • diferencigiEsperanto
  • diferenciarSpanish
  • erottua, erilaistaa, muuttaa, derivoida, differentioida, erottaa, erota, erilaistua, muuttuaFinnish
  • הבדילHebrew
  • differentiëren, afleiden, onderscheiden, discriminerenDutch
  • odróżniać, różnić się, różnicować, różniczkowaćPolish
  • diferențiaRomanian
  • дифференци́ровать, дифференцироватьRussian
  • differentiera, partialderivera, derivera, särskilja, skiljs åtSwedish
  • диференціюватиUkrainian

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