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1 [intransitive and transitive] to recognize or express the difference between things or people [= distinguish]
differentiate between
It's important to differentiate between fact and opinion.
differentiate something from something
It's sometimes hard to differentiate one sample from another.
2 [transitive] to be the quality, feature etc that makes one thing or person clearly different from another [= distinguish]:
What differentiates these two periods of history?
differentiate something from something
Its unusual nesting habits differentiate this bird from others.
3 [intransitive] to behave differently towards someone or something, especially in an unfair way [= discriminate]
differentiate between
a policy which differentiates between men and women
differentiation noun [uncountable]
socio-economic differentiation

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