1. [ verb ] mark as different
Synonyms: distinguish separate tell severalise severalize secernate tell_apart secern

"We distinguish several kinds of maple"

Related terms: identify contrast discriminate contrast label demarcate stratify discriminate label know contradistinguish severalize dissociate individualize sex differentiation differentiator compare
2. [ verb ] be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
Synonyms: mark distinguish

"His modesty distinguishes him form his peers"

Related terms: qualify characterize mark differentiation marker
3. [ verb ] become different during development; of cells
Related terms: dedifferentiate develop develop difference
4. [ verb ] (mathematics) calculate a derivative; take the derivative; in mathematics
Related terms: integrate calculate mathematics
5. [ verb ] evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment, of populations of plants and animals
Synonyms: specialise specialize speciate
Related terms: evolve evolve specialization
6. [ verb ] become distinct and acquire a different character
Related terms: dissimilate differentiation difference
Similar spelling:   differentiated