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differentiate

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A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Verb

Infinitive
to differentiate

Third person singular
differentiat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to differentiate (third-person singular simple present differentiat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To show, or be the distinction between two things
    • 1933, George Orwell, “Ch. XXII”, in Down and Out in Paris and London, Harvest / Harcourt paperback edition, page 120,  
      The mass of the rich and poor are differentiated by their incomes and nothing else, and the average millionaire is only the average dishwasher dressed in a new suit.
  2. (intransitive) To perceive the difference between things; to discriminate
    • 1964, New York Times v. Sullivan,  
      he refused to instruct that actual intent to harm or recklessness had to be found before punitive damages could be awarded, or that a verdict for respondent should differentiate between compensatory and punitive damages.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To modify, or be modified.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To calculate the derivative of a function.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To calculate the differential of a function of multiple variables.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To produce distinct organs or to achieve specific functions by a process of development called differentiation.
    • 1930, Robert Evans Snodgrass, Insects: Their Ways and Means of Living,  
      In Chapter IV we learned that every animal consists of a body, or soma, formed of cells that are differentiated from the germ cells usually at an early stage of development.

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