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Dictionary definition for: Differentiate

1. (v) mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"

2. (v) be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"

3. (v) calculate a derivative; take the derivative

4. (v) become different during development; "cells differentiate"

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

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