Definitions for: Differentiate


[v] become distinct and acquire a different character
[v] evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment, of populations of plants and animals
[v] become different during development; of cells
[v] calculate a derivative; take the derivative; in mathematics
[v] mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
[v] be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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. --Earle.

Two or more of the forms assumed by the same
original word become differentiated in
signification. --Dr. 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. --Earle.

3. (Math.) To obtain the differential, or differential
coefficient, of; as, to differentiate an algebraic
expression, or an equation.


Dif`fer*en"ti*ate, v. i. (Biol.)
To acquire a distinct and separate character. --Huxley.

Synonyms: distinguish, mark, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, specialise, specialize, speciate, tell, tell apart

Antonyms: dedifferentiate, integrate

See Also: calculate, characterise, characterize, cipher, compare, compute, contradistinguish, contrast, cypher, demarcate, develop, discriminate, dissimilate, dissociate, evolve, figure, identify, individualise, individualize, know, know apart, label, place, qualify, reckon, sex, single out, stratify, work out

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