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

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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 (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.
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Instead, through translation and document, through psalm-making and repetition, through modernist play and metaphysical conceit, Pethybridge offers every method he can--not to answer and not to understand--to bring us close to the very limit, that line where word and song, body and soul, intent and act, have yet to differentiate one from the other, and we find ourselves there, at the railing of the bridge before the lights have turned on, brightly striving against the coming silence, offering--no meager gift--what company we can.
The number of books on the subject are too many to count and it becomes a challenge to really differentiate one from another.
The best win/draw/lose odds constitute a 100 per cent book, but in my opinion they are all spot-on: 6-5 for a home win, 12-5 for a draw and 29-10 for an away win are exactly what I think the odds should be for a Premier League game between teams of very similar ability with nothing to differentiate one from the other apart from ground advantage.
We have decided that in the future, we will name this type of conference "ANTEC" and differentiate one from another by noting their locations.
There's nothing to differentiate one from the next, unless they are committed to quality.
The word subsequently came to refer to an entire class of formidable, rebellious beings, but, in the confused world of chthonic (underworld) spirits, it was difficult to differentiate one from another.
In this way he acknowledges that it has become increasingly hard to differentiate one from the other.
Douglass needed to thread his way between them to differentiate one from the other.
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