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Pronunciation:  `difu'renshee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become distinct and acquire a different character
  2. [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
  3. [v]  become different during development; of cells
  4. [v]  calculate a derivative; take the derivative; in mathematics
  5. [v]  mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
  6. [v]  be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"

DIFFERENTIATE is a 13 letter word that starts with D.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
             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.
  2. \Dif`fer*en"ti*ate\, v. i. (Biol.)
    To acquire a distinct and separate character. --Huxley.
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