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verb (-ated; -ating) Date: 1816
v. 1 tr. constitute a difference between or in. 2 tr. & (often foll. by between) intr. find differences (between); discriminate. 3 tr. & intr. make or become different in the process of growth or development (species, word-forms, etc.). 4 tr. Math. transform (a function) into its derivative. Derivatives: differentiation n. differentiator n. Etymology: med.L differentiare differentiat- (as DIFFERENCE)
Differentiate Dif`fer*en"ti*ate, v. i. (Biol.) To acquire a distinct and separate character. --Huxley.
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. The word then was differentiated into the two forms then and than. --Earle. Two or more of the forms assumed by the same original word become differentiated in signification. --Dr. Murray. 2. 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. --Earle. 3. (Math.) To obtain the differential, or differential coefficient, of; as, to differentiate an algebraic expression, or an equation.
(differentiates, differentiating, differentiated) 1. If you differentiate between things or if you differentiate one thing from another, you recognize or show the difference between them. A child may not differentiate between his imagination and the real world... At this age your baby cannot differentiate one person from another. = distinguish VERB: V between pl-n, V n from n 2. A quality or feature that differentiates one thing from another makes the two things different. ...distinctive policies that differentiate them from the other parties. = distinguish VERB: V n from n • differentiation The differentiation between the two product ranges will increase.
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