Definition of differentiate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    differentiate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃiˌeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they differentiate
     
    he / she / it differentiates
     
    past simple differentiated
     
    -ing form differentiating
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 3[intransitive] differentiate between A and B to treat people or things in a different way, especially in an unfair way synonym discriminate
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NAmE//ˌdɪfəˌrɛnʃiˈeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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