[ dif-uh-ren-shee-eyt ]
/ ˌdɪf əˈrɛn ʃiˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), dif·fer·en·ti·at·ed, dif·fer·en·ti·at·ing.

verb (used without object), dif·fer·en·ti·at·ed, dif·fer·en·ti·at·ing.

Origin of differentiate

1810–20; < Medieval Latin differentiātus distinguished (past participle of differentiāre), equivalent to Latin different(ia) difference + -ātus -ate1

SYNONYMS FOR differentiate

1 set off.

synonym study for differentiate

1. See distinguish.

OTHER WORDS FROM differentiate

Example sentences from the Web for differentiate

British Dictionary definitions for differentiate

/ (ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃɪˌeɪt) /


(tr) to serve to distinguish between
(when intr, often foll by between) to perceive, show, or make a difference (in or between); discriminate
(intr) to become dissimilar or distinct
maths to perform a differentiation on (a quantity, expression, etc)
(intr) (of unspecialized cells, etc) to change during development to more specialized forms

Derived forms of differentiate

differentiator, noun