Definition of differentiate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    differentiate

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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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
  4. Word Origin early 19th cent.: from medieval Latin differentiat- ‘carried away from’, from the verb differentiare, from differentia from different- ‘carrying away’, from the verb differre, from dis- ‘from, away’ + ferre ‘bring, carry’.Extra examples features which clearly differentiate this product from other similar ones Birds are able to differentiate colours. I can’t differentiate one variety from another. She can just differentiate between light and dark. Teachers should differentiate clearly between different kinds of correction. The male’s yellow beak differentiates it from the female.
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