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DIFFERENTIATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does differentiate mean? 

DIFFERENTIATE (verb)
  The verb DIFFERENTIATE has 6 senses:

1. mark as different
2. be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
3. calculate a derivative; take the derivative
4. become different during development
5. evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
6. become distinct and acquire a different character

  Familiarity information: DIFFERENTIATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DIFFERENTIATE (verb)


Sense 1differentiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mark as different

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

secernate; secern; distinguish; differentiate; severalise; severalize; tell apart; separate; tell

Context example:

We distinguish several kinds of maple

Hypernyms (to "differentiate" is one way to...):

identify; place (recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something)

"Differentiate" entails doing...:

compare (examine and note the similarities or differences of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "differentiate"):

know (be able to distinguish, recognize as being different)

stratify (divide society into social classes or castes)

discriminate; separate; single out (treat differently on the basis of sex or race)

demarcate (separate clearly and as if by boundaries)

decouple; dissociate (regard as unconnected)

contradistinguish (distinguish by contrasting qualities)

severalise; severalize (distinguish or separate)

contrast (put in opposition to show or emphasize differences)

individualise; individualize (make or mark or treat as individual)

sex (tell the sex (of young chickens))

label (distinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom)

label (distinguish (an element or atom) by using a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass for tracing through chemical reactions)

discriminate; know apart (recognize or perceive the difference)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Sense 2differentiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

differentiate; distinguish; mark

Context example:

His modesty distinguishes him from his peers

Hypernyms (to "differentiate" is one way to...):

characterise; characterize; qualify (describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "differentiate"):

characterise; characterize (be characteristic of)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3differentiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Calculate a derivative; take the derivative

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Hypernyms (to "differentiate" is one way to...):

calculate; cipher; compute; cypher; figure; reckon; work out (make a mathematical calculation or computation)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

integrate (calculate the integral of; calculate by integration)


Sense 4differentiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become different during development

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

cells differentiate

Hypernyms (to "differentiate" is one way to...):

develop (grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Antonym:

dedifferentiate (lose specialization in form or function)


Sense 5differentiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

speciate; differentiate; specialise; specialize

Hypernyms (to "differentiate" is one way to...):

evolve (undergo development or evolution)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 6differentiate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become distinct and acquire a different character

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "differentiate" is one way to...):

dissimilate (become dissimilar or less similar)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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