differentiate

To differentiate is to identify the differences between things, to discriminate among them. For example, if the light is dim at the party, you might find it hard to differentiate between the spicy bean dip and the chocolate sauce.

You can see different in differentiate. This will help you remember that it has to do with finding how things are different, or making them different. For example, identical twins look alike but if you get to know them, personality traits, speech patterns and their likes and dislikes help differentiate one from another. Also, when you wear a team uniform the number on your back helps coaches differentiate between teammates when everyone is playing fast.

Primary Meanings of differentiate

1.
v
become distinct and acquire a different character
2.
v
calculate a derivative; take the derivative
Full Definitions of differentiate
1

v become distinct and acquire a different character

Type of:
dissimilate
become dissimilar or less similar

v mark as different

Synonyms:
distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart
Types:
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know
be able to distinguish, recognize as being different
discriminate, know apart
recognize or perceive the difference
label
distinguish (an element or atom) by using a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass for tracing through chemical reactions
label
distinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom
sex
tell the sex (of young chickens)
individualise, individualize
make or mark or treat as individual
contrast
put in opposition to show or emphasize differences
severalise, severalize
distinguish or separate
contradistinguish
distinguish by contrasting qualities
decouple, dissociate
regard as unconnected
demarcate
separate clearly, as if by boundaries
discriminate, separate, single out
treat differently on the basis of sex or race
stratify
divide society into social classes or castes
insulate, isolate
place or set apart
subtilize
mark fine distinctions and subtleties, as among words
hive off
remove from a group and make separate
segregate
separate by race or religion; practice a policy of racial segregation
redline
discriminate in selling or renting housing in certain areas of a neighborhood
disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
Type of:
identify, place
recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something

v be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense

Synonyms:
distinguish, mark
mark
designate as if by a mark
Types:
characterise, characterize
be characteristic of
individuate
give individual character to
define
determine the nature of
Type of:
characterise, characterize, qualify
describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of

v become different during development

“cells differentiate
Antonyms:
dedifferentiate
lose specialization in form or function
Type of:
develop
grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

v evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment

Synonyms:
specialise, specialize, speciate
Type of:
evolve
undergo development or evolution
2

v calculate a derivative; take the derivative

Antonyms:
integrate
calculate the integral of; calculate by integration
Type of:
calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out
make a mathematical calculation or computation

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