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, differentiates; differentiated; differentiating
1. To make something, or someone, not like others of the same kind: The color of their eyes is one thing that differentiates
Mary's twins from each other.
There is little to differentiate one dictionary from another one because they all tend to have the same or very similar definitions and too often lack clarity because they use another form of the word that is being presented.
2. To identify that which sets one thing apart from something else; to tell one thing apart from another based on characteristics: For some people, including Janet and Linda, it is not easy to differentiate
between ice cream and frozen yogurt.
(dif" uh REN shee ayt") (verb
To mark or identify distinguishing qualities or characteristics of something: How can a person differentiate between a rock and a hard place?
(di STING gwish) (verb
To perceive or to mark as different; to divide into classes or categories: Mindy marked each rock in her collection with a white dot to distinguish her rocks from those belonging to others.
In order to differentiate the distinctive geological features on the map, Lynette used different colored markers to distinguish low hill formations from higher hill formations.