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Definition of differentiate
verb [with object]
1recognize or ascertain what makes (someone or something) different:children can differentiate the past from the present [no object]
) identify differences between (two or more things or people):he is unable to differentiate between fantasy and reality
make (someone or something) appear different or distinct:little now differentiates the firm’s products from its rivals 2 technical make or become different in the process of growth or development: [with object]:the receptors are developed and differentiated into sense organs [no object]:the cells differentiate into a wide variety of cell types 3 Mathematics transform (a function) into its derivative.