differentiate meaning

[ ˌdifə'renʃieit ] Pronunciation:   "differentiate" in a sentence
Verb: differentiate  `difu'renshee`eyt
  1. Mark as different
    - distinguish, separate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise [Brit], tell, tell apart 
  2. Be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
    - distinguish, mark 
  3. Calculate a derivative; take the derivative 
  4. Become different during development
    "cells differentiate" 
  5. Evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
    - speciate, specialize, specialise [Brit] 
  6. Become distinct and acquire a different character

Derived forms: differentiated, differentiates, differentiating

See also: difference, differentiation, differentiator

Type of: calculate, characterise [Brit], characterize, cipher, compute, cypher, develop, dissimilate, evolve, figure [N. Amer], identify, place, qualify, reckon, work out

Antonym: dedifferentiate, integrate

Encyclopedia: Differentiate


1 (Marketing ) [+ obj]

to make your product or service seem different from other similar products or services, for example to attract a particular group of customers:

We differentiate ourselves from our rivals by offering a higher standard of customer service.

They have differentiated their vehicles with new interior designs.

2 [+ obj]

to be the particular thing that shows that things or people are not the same:

Our reputation for quality differentiates us from our competitors.

Customer service has become an important differentiating factor.

The discounted products are labelled to differentiate them from those sold at full price.

3 [+ obj or no obj] differentiate (between) A and B | differentiate A (from B)

to recognize or show that two things are not the same:

As a lender we need to differentiate between high and low risk borrowers.

1. To produce an output signal, the instantaneous amplitude of which is proportional to the instantaneous rate of change of the input amplitude.
2. To determine the derivative of a mathematical function.

vb -at·ed; -at·ing vt
1 : to constitute a difference that distinguishes ‹a highly developed brain with a capacity for articulate speech differentiates humans from the other primates›
2 : to cause differentiation of in the course of development
3 : to discriminate or give expression to a specific difference that distinguishes ‹quickly learned to differentiate sharp pain from dull pain› ‹differentiate humans from the rest of the primates›
4 : to cause differentiation in (a specimen for microscopic examination) by staining
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1 : to recognize or express a difference ‹differentiate between humans and the rest of the primates›
2 : to undergo differentiation


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  1. it is hard to differentiate the one from the other.
  2. he differentiated the value of any redundant.
  3. three nuclei differentiate into the antipodal cells.
  4. the products of the various firms are differentiated.
  5. a botanist can differentiate varieties of plants.

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