- 1[intransitive, transitive] to recognize or show that two things are not the same synonym distinguish differentiate (between) A and B It's difficult to differentiate between the two varieties. differentiate A (from B) I can't differentiate one variety from another.
- 2[transitive] differentiate something (from something) to be the particular thing that shows that things or people are not the same synonym distinguish The male's yellow beak differentiates it from the female.
- 3[intransitive] differentiate between A and B to treat people or things in a different way, especially in an unfair way synonym discriminate Word Origin early 19th cent.: from medieval Latin differentiat-
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BrE BrE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they differentiate
BrE BrE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪt//he / she / it differentiates
BrE BrE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪts//past simple differentiated
BrE BrE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪtɪd//past participle differentiated
BrE BrE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪtɪd//-ing form differentiating
BrE BrE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪfəˈrenʃieɪtɪŋ//