differentiate between (someone or something)

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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?
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He didn't differentiate between us and his own six children.
To those of us who have lived in our houses since their completion in 1961, Kader Avenue is our jewel in the crown and I would like to know how you can differentiate between us and The Grove.
They don't know much about the Court of Auditors and don't differentiate between us and the Commission.
In truth, it was never going to be foolproof - there are 60 million of us in the UK alone and there's no way a four-digit sequence can safely differentiate between us.
How can Turks differentiate between us and the English?
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