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English verb: differentiate

1. differentiate (cognition) mark as different

SamplesWe distinguish several kinds of maple.

Synonymsdistinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)identify, place

Narrower (hyponym)contradistinguish, contrast, decouple, demarcate, discriminate, discriminate, dissociate, individualise, individualize, know, know apart, label, label, separate, severalise, severalize, sex, single out, stratify


2. differentiate (cognition) be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense

SamplesHis modesty distinguishes him from his peers.

Synonymsdistinguish, mark

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)characterise, characterize, qualify

Narrower (hyponym)characterise, characterize

Verb groupmark

3. differentiate (cognition) calculate a derivative; take the derivative

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths


4. differentiate (change) become different during development

SamplesCells differentiate.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)develop


5. differentiate (change) evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment

Synonymsspecialise, specialize, speciate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)evolve

6. differentiate (change) become distinct and acquire a different character

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)dissimilate

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