Definition of


  1. (verb, change) become distinct and acquire a different character
  2. (verb, change) evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
  3. (verb, change) become different during development
  4. (verb, cognition) calculate a derivative; take the derivative
  5. (verb, cognition) mark as different
  6. (verb, cognition) be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense

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Antonyms of Differentiate

dedifferentiate, integrate

Origin of the word Differentiate

  1. 1816, formed from different on model of Fr. diff?rencier. 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. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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