differentiate

dif|fe|ren|ti|ate [ˌdıfəˈrenʃieıt] v
1.) [I and T]
to recognize or express the difference between things or people
= ↑distinguish differentiate between
It's important to differentiate between fact and opinion.
differentiate sth from sth
It's sometimes hard to differentiate one sample from another.
2.) [T]
to be the quality, feature etc that makes one thing or person clearly different from another
What differentiates these two periods of history?
differentiate sth from sth
Its unusual nesting habits differentiate this bird from others.
3.)
to behave differently towards someone or something, especially in an unfair way
= ↑discriminate differentiate between
a policy which differentiates between men and women
>differentiation [ˌdıfərenʃiˈeıʃən][i] n [U]
socio-economic differentiation

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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