differentiate differentiate  /ˌdɪ fə ˈrɛn ʃi ˌeɪt/


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


  1. Still, it often takes a real brain to differentiate terms in context: the word trunk can refer to a suitcase, a car hatch or an elephant's snout, for example.
  2. Once the sharks get bigger and more experienced, they appear better able to differentiate between seals and humans.
  3. But that was four years ago, and Obama gets into some trouble when he tries to differentiate himself from his opponents on the war now.


  1. Apple Turns to Its Brand to Drive Sales

    As competition in the smartphone market intensifies, Apple turns to its brand to differentiate.        
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Motley Fool

  2. Verizon Bets On More Streaming Sports Fans With NFL Deal

    With the wireless market getting saturated, carriers are looking for ways to differentiate and better monetize their existing subscriber base as the demand for mobile data grows.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Odors from human skin cells can be used to identify melanoma

    Researchers identified odorants from human skin cells that can be used to identify melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In addition a nanotechnology-based sensor could reliably differentiate melanoma cells from normal skin cells. Non-invasive odor analysis may be a valuable technique in the detection and early diagnosis of human melanoma.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Science Daily


  1. "Negotiations must clearly differentiate among developing countries in terms of the size of their economies, their level of emissions and level of energy utilization, and sufficiently link the character or extent of responsibility to such...
    on Dec 2, 2007 By: Dana Perino Source: KTAR.com

  2. The Iraqi's Egyptian counterpart, Ahmed Nazif, said his government would support "reconciliation between all parts of the Iraqi society and we condemn terrorism that does not differentiate between anyone."
    on Apr 22, 2007 By: Ahmed Nazif Source: Forbes

  3. "As long as we can continue to drive that experience and differentiate ourselves from all others, we will continue to be the leader," said Howard Schultz, the company's chairman.
    on Aug 1, 2007 By: Howard Schultz Source: Forbes

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