verb (used with object), differentiated, differentiating.
to form or mark differently from other such things; distinguish.
to change; alter.
to perceive the difference in or between.
to make different by modification, as a biological species.
Mathematics. to obtain the differential or the derivative of.
verb (used without object), differentiated, differentiating.
to become unlike or dissimilar; change in character.
to make a distinction.
Biology. (of cells or tissues) to change from relatively generalized to specialized kinds, during development.

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

differentiation, noun
interdifferentiate, verb (used with object), interdifferentiated, interdifferentiating.
redifferentiate, verb, redifferentiated, redifferentiating.
self-differentiating, adjective
undifferentiated, adjective

1. set off. See distinguish. 3. separate.
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differentiate (ˌdɪfəˈrɛnʃɪˌeɪt)
vb (when intr, often foll by between)
1.  (tr) to serve to distinguish between
2.  to perceive, show, or make a difference (in or between); discriminate
3.  (intr) to become dissimilar or distinct
4.  maths to perform a differentiation on (a quantity, expression, etc)
5.  (intr) (of unspecialized cells, etc) to change during development to more specialized forms

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Word Origin & History

1816, formed from different on model of Fr. différencier. Originally a mathematical term, trans. and non-technical sense of "discriminate between" is from 1876. Earlier, difference had been used as a verb in this sense. Related: Differentiated; differentiating; differentiation.
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Example sentences
We see how people compartmentalize themselves and differentiate themselves from
  animals to express power, control and superiority.
He could differentiate colors and shapes and knew more than 100 words.
One of the challenges was to differentiate them all, give them all things to do
  and turn them into clear-cut characters.
Scientists have long been studying the process of how mammalian stem cells
  differentiate to form specific types of brain cells.
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