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differentiate (someone or something) from (someone or something)

1. To distinguish one person or thing from someone or something else. I have a very hard time differentiating the Westie from the Cairn Terrier—they just look the same to me.
2. To make multiple people or things noticeably different. We hung floral garlands to differentiate the wedding area from the reception area.
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differentiate between (someone or something)

1. To distinguish between multiple people or things. I have a very hard time differentiating between the Westie and the Cairn Terrier—they both look the same to me!
2. To make multiple people or things noticeably different. We hung floral garlands to differentiate between the wedding and reception areas.
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differentiate between (someone or something and someone or something else)

1. to recognize the difference between people or things in any combination. (Usually refers to two entities.) In your painting, I cannot differentiate between the costume of the figure in front and the flowers in the background. Can't you differentiate between Billy and his brother? I can't differentiate between a donkey and a burro.
2. to establish or create the difference between people or things. Why don't you paint in some highlights to differentiate between the figure in the foreground and the flowers in the background?

differentiate (someone or something) from (someone or something else)

1. to recognize the difference between people and things; to tell the difference between people and things. How do you differentiate this one from that one? Can you differentiate Bill from Bob?
2. to make people and things different. I will differentiate this one from that one by painting this one red. The twins' mother used different-colored clothing to differentiate Bill from Bob.
See also: differentiate
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They describe what the Think-Tac-Toe looks like, when to use it, and how to differentiate with it, and they provide examples from different grade levels and content areas.
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Drawing from what real teachers do to incorporate differentiation in their classrooms, this book provides you with nine core-subject units, complete with: annotated lesson plans with correlations to state standards, learning goals, and links to other units and disciplines; overview charts that block-out teaching time and clarify which parts of a lesson to differentiate; support materials such as worksheets, assignments, rubrics, and homework handouts; and teacher comments that help you adapt units to your curriculum and vary teaching strategies to different student needs.
SCS has been active in the stem cell research arena since 1994, principally focused on technologies to grow, differentiate, select and purify embryonic stem cells.
Some of the cells also differentiate into neurons, thereby replacing ones killed by disease.
One further implication of the Code of Practice on classroom teachers is, therefore, the ability to correctly match the work expected from pupils with their ability to do it, to differentiate the curriculum.
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