Definition of differentiation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action or process of differentiating or distinguishing between two or more things or people.

    ‘packaging can be a source of product differentiation’
    • ‘In the cambial zone, at least three patterns of cell differentiation can be distinguished.’
    • ‘Having benefitted from my ‘married with children’ status for years, I honestly would not get too worked up if those differentiations were dropped and each taxpayer was taken as an individual, regardless of civil status.’
    • ‘This is not just a question of making a space in which mankind could live, but of creating the differentiations which distinguish cosmos from chaos.’
    • ‘But brands need to innovate in order to maintain differentiation and increase their audience.’
    • ‘There are two unfortunate consequences when making sharp differentiations between cyberspace and lived reality.’
    distinction, distinctness, disparity, polarity, contrast, difference, divergence, separation, demarcation, delimitation
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    1. 1.1technical The process of becoming different by growth or development.
    2. 1.2Biology The process by which cells, tissue, and organs acquire specialized features, especially during embryonic development.