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 for differentiate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Differentiate \Dif`fer*en"ti*ate\, v. t.
     1. To distinguish or mark by a specific difference; to effect
        a difference in, as regards classification; to develop
        differential characteristics in; to specialize; to
        [1913 Webster]
              The word then was differentiated into the two forms
              then and than.                        --Earle.
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              Two or more of the forms assumed by the same
              original word become differentiated in
              signification.                        --Dr. Murray.
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     2. To express the specific difference of; to describe the
        properties of (a thing) whereby it is differenced from
        another of the same class; to discriminate. --Earle.
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     3. (Math.) To obtain the differential, or differential
        coefficient, of; as, to differentiate an algebraic
        expression, or an equation.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Differentiate \Dif`fer*en"ti*ate\, v. i. (Biol.)
     To acquire a distinct and separate character. --Huxley.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
           [syn: distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern,
           secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell
      2: be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a
         very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him from his
         peers" [syn: distinguish, mark, differentiate]
      3: calculate a derivative; take the derivative [ant:
      4: become different during development; "cells differentiate"
         [ant: dedifferentiate]
      5: evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way
         most suited to the environment [syn: speciate,
         differentiate, specialize, specialise]
      6: become distinct and acquire a different character

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  127 Moby Thesaurus words for "differentiate":
     adapt, adjust, alter, analyze, anatomize, argue, atomize,
     be characteristic, be indicative of, be significant of,
     be symptomatic of, bespeak, betoken, break up, calibrate,
     calibrated, change, characterize, chop logic, comprehend, connote,
     contradistinguish, contrast, convert, decrease, define, demarcate,
     demark, denominate, denote, describe, desynonymize, differ,
     difference, discern, disclose, discriminate, disequalize, disjoin,
     display, dissent, distinguish, disunify, divaricate, diverge,
     diversify, divide, draw the line, earmark, entail, express,
     extricate, give evidence, give token, gradational, grade, gradual,
     graduate, graduated, hierarchic, highlight, hint, identify,
     increase, indicate, individualize, individuate, involve, keynote,
     make a distinction, manifest, mark, mark off, mark out,
     mark the interface, mean, modify, note, oppose, particularize,
     personalize, pick out, progressive, refine a distinction, regular,
     relieve, reveal, scalar, screen, screen out, segregate, select,
     separate, set a limit, set apart, set off, set the pace,
     set the tone, sever, severalize, shade off, show, sieve, sieve out,
     sift, sift out, signify, sort, sort out, sound the keynote,
     specialize, split hairs, stand for, subdivide, subtilize, suggest,
     symptomatize, symptomize, tell apart, testify, transform,
     transmute, understand, variate, variegate, vary, winnow

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