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differentiate

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1  —as in:
differentiate between right/wrong
Definition to recognize difference
  • The jury determined that she was able to differentiate between right and wrong.
differentiate = recognize difference
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The software does a good job of differentiating between real messages and spam.
  • differentiating = recognizing difference
  • The software recognizes different IP addresses, but does not differentiate between users of an address.
  • differentiate = recognize difference
  • Not merely the love of one person but the animal instinct, the simple undifferentiated desire: that was the force that would tear the Party to pieces.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • undifferentiated = without recognizing differences
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in undifferentiated means not and reverses the meaning of differentiated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The air moved a little faster and became a light wind, so that leeward and windward side were clearly differentiated.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • differentiated = recognized as different
  • That word, however, does not differentiate between the sexes.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • differentiate = recognize difference
  • We must differentiate between what he did in London as part of his general plan of action, when he was pressed for moments and had to arrange as best he could.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • differentiate = recognize difference
  • As I plodded toward him through the snow I began to differentiate items of clothing—a dull green deer-stalker's cap, brown ear muffs, a thick gray woolen scarf—
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • differentiate = recognize difference
  • A violent emotion, not fear exactly but a sort of undifferentiated excitement, flared up in him, then faded again.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • undifferentiated = without recognizing differences
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in undifferentiated means not and reverses the meaning of differentiated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • I listened so hard that I nearly differentiated it from the others, and it seemed to be saying, "Finny, give that bone the old college try."
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
differentiated = recognized difference in

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2  —as in:
differentiate our product
Definition to make different; or to show difference
  • How does your company differentiate itself from the competition?
differentiate = make different; or show difference
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Scientists are working on methods to direct differentiation of stem cells into functional specialized cells.
  • differentiation = the process of making different
  • Her view of this issue differentiates her from most progressives in Congress.
  • differentiates = makes different
  • But the people of Salem in 1692 were not quite the dedicated folk that arrived on the Mayflower. A vast differentiation had taken place, and in their own time a revolution had unseated the royal government and substituted a junta which was at this moment in power.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • differentiation = change to something different
  • He began speaking with the peculiar grave courtesy that differentiated him from the majority of Inner Party members.
    George Orwell  --  1984
differentiated = made different

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