- To differentiate is defined as to separate out two or more things, or to look at and understand what makes things different or distinctive.
An example of differentiate is when you can look at a good painting and a bad painting and know the difference.
transitive verbdifferentiated, differentiating
- to constitute a difference in or between
- to make unlike; develop specialized differences in
- to perceive or express the difference in; distinguish between; discriminate
- Math. to work out the differential or derivative of (a function)
Origin of differentiate; from Medieval Latin differentiatus, past participle of differentiare ; from Classical Latin differentia: see difference
- to become different or differentiated; develop new characteristics
- to perceive or express a difference
- Biol. to undergo differentiation
verbdif·fer·en·ti·at·ed, dif·fer·en·ti·at·ing, dif·fer·en·ti·ates
- To constitute the distinction between: subspecies that are differentiated by the markings on their wings.
- To perceive or show the difference in or between; discriminate.
- To make different by alteration or modification.
- Mathematics To calculate the derivative or differential of (a function).
- To become distinct or specialized; acquire a different character.
- To make distinctions; discriminate.
- Biology To undergo differentiation.
(third-person singular simple present differentiates, present participle differentiating, simple past and past participle differentiated)
- To show, or be the distinction between two things.
- (intransitive) To perceive the difference between things; to discriminate.
- (intransitive) To modify, or be modified.
- (mathematics) To calculate the derivative of a function.
- (mathematics) To calculate the differential of a function of multiple variables.
- (intransitive, biology) To produce distinct organs or to achieve specific functions by a process of development called differentiation.