**differentiate**dif`fer*en"ti*ate (?), v. t.

*1.* to

distinguish or

mark by a

specific difference; to

effect a

difference in, as

regards classification; to

develop differential characteristics in; to specialize; to desynonymize.

the word then was differentiated into the two forms then and than.

two or

more of

the forms assumed by

the same original word become differentiated in signification. murray.

*2.* to

express the specific difference of; to

describe the properties of (a thing)

whereby it is

differenced from another of

the same class; to discriminate.

*3.* (math.) to

obtain the differential, or

differential coefficient, of; as, to

differentiate an

algebraic expression, or an equation.

**differentiate** dif`fer*en"ti*ate, v. i. (biol.) to

acquire a

distinct and separate character.

**differentiate** v

*1.* mark as different; "we

distinguish several kinds of maple"

*[syn: distinguish, separate, secern, secernate, severalize, tell, tell apart]* *2.* be a

distinctive feature, attribute, or trait;

sometimes in a

very positive sense; "his

modesty distinguishes him form his peers"

*[syn: distinguish, mark]* *3.* calculate a derivative;

take the derivative; in

mathematics [ant: integrate]

*4.* become different during development; of

cells *5.* become distinct

(

*v. t.*)

To

obtain the differential, or

differential coefficient, of; as, to

differentiate an

algebraic expression, or an equation.Â Â

(

*v. t.*)

To

express the specific difference of; to

describe the properties of (a thing)

whereby it is

differenced from another of

the same class; to discriminate.Â Â

(

*v. t.*)

To

distinguish or

mark by a

specific difference; to

effect a

difference in, as

regards classification; to

develop differential characteristics in; to specialize; to desynonymize.Â Â

(

*v. i.*)

To

acquire a

distinct and separate character.Â Â

To

acquire a

distinct and separate character.

**Verb**1.

mark as different; "We

distinguish several kinds of maple" (synonym) distinguish, separate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell,

tell apart (hypernym) identify,

place (hyponym)

know (entail)

compare (derivation) deviation, divergence, departure, difference2. be a

distinctive feature, attribute, or trait;

sometimes in a

very positive sense; "His

modesty distinguishes him form his peers" (synonym) distinguish,

mark (hypernym) qualify, characterize,

characterise (hyponym) characterize,

characterise (verb-group)

mark (derivation) deviation, divergence, departure, difference3.

calculate a derivative;

take the derivative (antonym)

integrate (hypernym) calculate, cipher, cypher, compute,

work out, reckon,

figure (derivation)

differentiation (classification) mathematics, math, maths4.

become different during development; "cells differentiate" (antonym)

dedifferentiate (hypernym)

develop (derivation) difference5.

evolve so as to

lead to a

new species or

develop in a

way most suited to

the environment (synonym) speciate, specialize,

specialise (hypernym) evolve6.

become distinct and acquire a

different character (hypernym)

dissimilate (derivation) difference

**Differentiation** can mean the following:the

act of

finding theÂ derivativeÂ in mathematicsCellular differentiationÂ in

biology describes how cells acquire a typePlanetary differentiationÂ in

planetary scienceInductive

reasoning aptitudeÂ in psychologyIgneous differentiationÂ in geologyDifferentiation (linguistics)Differentiation (marketing)Differentiation (ethnography)

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