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

Dictionary results for "differentiate"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.