Differentiate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪt|  American pronunciation of the word differentiate
Brit.  |ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃɪeɪt|  British pronunciation of the word differentiate
- mark as different (syn: distinguish, separate, tell)
- be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense (syn: distinguish, mark)
- calculate a derivative; take the derivative
- become different during development
cells differentiate
- evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment (syn: specialize)
- become distinct and acquire a different character


The only thing that differentiates the twins is the color of their eyes.

...it was hard at first to differentiate between the two styles of music...

I have known some difficulty in differentiating such attacks from those of epilepsy.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: differentiate
he/she/it: differentiates
present participle: differentiating
past tense: differentiated
past participle: differentiated
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