English Synonyms and Antonyms
To compare (Latin con, together, and par, equal) is to place together in order to show likeness or unlikeness; to contrast (Latin contra, against, and sto, stand) is to set in opposition in order to show unlikeness. We contrast objects that have been already compared. We must compare them, at least momentarily, even to know that they are different. We contrast them when we observe their unlikeness in a general way; we differentiate them when we note the difference exactly and point by point. We distinguish objects when we note a difference that may fall short of contrast; we discriminate them when we classify or place them according to their differences.
We contrast one object with another.
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distinguish, separate, differentiate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apartverb
mark as different
"We distinguish several kinds of maple"
tell apart, distinguish, classify, discriminate, spot, mark, sort, signalise, enjoin, split up, key out, evidence, tell, break up, divide, come apart, single out, part, state, pick out, order, carve up, key, severalize, split, assure, speciate, separate, fall apart, severalise, furcate, dissever, signalize, assort, specialize, recount, class, identify, make out, specialise, branch, discern, secern, recognize, recite, name, disunite, recognise, narrate, describe, break, sort out, ramify, fork, discover, secernate, say
distinguish, mark, differentiateverb
be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
"His modesty distinguishes him from his peers"
specialise, tell apart, distinguish, punctuate, signalise, cross out, pit, spot, mark, commemorate, speciate, key out, specialize, tick, nock, tell, strike out, notice, scar, score, brand, pick out, grade, key, severalize, strike off, separate, severalise, check off, cross off, signalize, tick off, pock, identify, make out, stigmatize, discern, secern, recognize, mark off, stigmatise, name, denounce, recognise, tag, describe, label, set, discover, secernate, note, check
calculate a derivative; take the derivative
become different during development
speciate, differentiate, specialize, specialiseverb
evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
become distinct and acquire a different character
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They're looking to differentiate and say we don't want to compete with everyone at the lower end, we want to sell something unique.
The IPO will provide the platform for the continued success of the business, as well as accelerate its growth opportunities and facilitate value creation through an increased ability to acquire, incentivise, differentiate and where sensible diversify.
I tested students on a challenging memory task that required them to differentiate between similar-looking objects in memory. I found that one semester of increased exercise in my class improved their response times for correctly answered questions. In other words, they answered correctly more quickly if they were in my exercise class compared to if they were not in the exercise class, improvements in response times have been reported before, but this was unique because it was shown in a group of healthy young university students with just once a week of increased exercise. This suggests that if significant effects can be seen with this modest amount of exercise, then we might see even more striking effects if we got up to two to four times a week of increased exercise.
We don't differentiate between a domestic terrorism attack we're trying to stop or an international terrorism attack. It's a terrorism attack we're looking to stop.
Please differentiate between the probe into flight licenses and the air crash investigation, airAsia is clearly wrong because they didn't fly at a time and schedule that was already determined.
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- видоизменям, разграничавам се, диференцирам, отличавам се, различавам сеBulgarian
- derivovat, rozlišovatCzech
- diskriminieren, unterscheiden, differenzierenGerman
- muuttua, erilaistua, erota, erottua, differentioida, derivoida, muuttaa, erilaistaa, erottaaFinnish
- discrimineren, differentiëren, onderscheiden, afleidenDutch
- różniczkować, różnicować, odróżniać, różnić sięPolish
- дифференци́ровать, дифференцироватьRussian
- skiljs åt, särskilja, differentiera, partialderivera, deriveraSwedish
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