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Definition of differentiate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    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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noun [uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: differentiate