Definition of Differentiate

1. Verb. Mark as different. "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

2. Verb. Be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense. "His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"
Exact synonyms: Distinguish, Mark
Related verbs: Mark
Generic synonyms: Characterise, Characterize, Qualify
Specialized synonyms: Characterise, Characterize
Derivative terms: Difference, Difference, Differentiation, Mark, Marker

3. Verb. Calculate a derivative; take the derivative.
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Generic synonyms: Calculate, Cipher, Compute, Cypher, Figure, Reckon, Work Out
Derivative terms: Differentiation
Antonyms: Integrate

4. Verb. Become different during development. "Cells differentiate"
Generic synonyms: Develop
Antonyms: Dedifferentiate
Derivative terms: Difference, Difference, Differentiation

5. Verb. Evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment.
Exact synonyms: Specialise, Specialize, Speciate
Generic synonyms: Evolve
Derivative terms: Specialisation, Specialization, Speciation

6. Verb. Become distinct and acquire a different character.
Generic synonyms: Dissimilate
Derivative terms: Difference, Difference, Difference, Differentiation

Definition of Differentiate

1. v. t. 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. v. i. To acquire a distinct and separate character.

Definition of Differentiate

1. Verb. (transitive) To show, or be the distinction between two things. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To perceive the difference between things; to discriminate. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To modify, or be modified. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive mathematics) To calculate the derivative of a function. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive mathematics) To calculate the differential of a function of multiple variables. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive biology) To produce distinct organs or to achieve specific functions by a process of development called differentiation. ¹

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Definition of Differentiate

1. [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

Medical Definition of Differentiate

1. The process cells undergo as they mature into normal cells. Differentiated cells have distinctive characteristics, perform specific functions and are less likely to divide. See: dedifferentiate, undifferentiated. (16 Dec 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Differentiate

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differential psychology
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differential scanning calorimetry
differential screening
differential spinal anaesthesia
differential stain
differential thermal analysis
differential thermometer
differential threshold
differential topology
differential ureteral catheterization test
differential white blood count
differentiate (current term)
differentiation antigen
differently able
differently abled

Literary usage of Differentiate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Differential and Integral Calculus: And on the Calculus of by Edward Henry Courtenay (1873)
"In general the order of the differentiations is immaterial, provided we always differentiate the same number of times with respect to the same variable. ..."

2. Nature by Norman Lockyer, Nature Publishing Group (1875)
"... be almost impossible to differentiate fragments from which the coronal portion had been broken away. But the resemblance ends at the second tyne (c). ..."

3. Typhoid Fever Considered as a Problem of Scientific Medicine by Frederick Parker Gay (1918)
"BIOLOGICAL PECULIARITIES WHICH SERVE TO differentiate THE TYPHOID BACILLUS FROM OTHER BACTERIA A very large number of methods and media have been devised ..."

4. A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas (2005)
"Symptoms did not differentiate between reactivity associated with positive skin tests and that associated with smoking. (Auth. Abs.) 91-2521. ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"... are determined sonata make this modulus tbe least possible, thu importance of the error X - A is the least possible. differentiate with regard to m, ..."

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