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discriminate

verb dis·crim·i·nate \dis-ˈkri-mə-ˌnāt\

: to unfairly treat a person or group of people differently from other people or groups

: to notice and understand that one thing is different from another thing : to recognize a difference between things

dis·crim·i·nat·eddis·crim·i·nat·ing

Full Definition of DISCRIMINATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to mark or perceive the distinguishing or peculiar features of
b :  distinguish, differentiate <discriminate hundreds of colors>
2
:  to distinguish by discerning or exposing differences; especially :  to distinguish from another like object
intransitive verb
1
a :  to make a distinction <discriminate among historical sources>
b :  to use good judgment
2
:  to make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit <discriminate in favor of your friends> <discriminate against a certain nationality>

Examples of DISCRIMINATE

  1. The school is not allowed to discriminate.
  2. <the human eye can discriminate between very slight gradations of color>

Origin of DISCRIMINATE

Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare, from discrimin-, discrimen distinction, from discernere to distinguish between — more at discern
First Known Use: 1628

Rhymes with DISCRIMINATE

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DISCRIMINATE Defined for Kids

discriminate

verb dis·crim·i·nate \di-ˈskri-mə-ˌnāt\
dis·crim·i·nat·eddis·crim·i·nat·ing

Definition of DISCRIMINATE for Kids

1
:  to unfairly treat a person or group differently from other people or groups <It is against the law to discriminate on the basis of race.>
2
:  to be able to tell the difference between things <He can discriminate among the birds by their calls.>
Medical Dictionary

discriminate

verb dis·crim·i·nate \dis-ˈkrim-ə-ˌnāt\
dis·crim·i·nat·eddis·crim·i·nat·ing

Medical Definition of DISCRIMINATE

transitive verb
:  to respond selectively to (a stimulus)
intransitive verb
:  to respond selectively <the capacity of organisms to discriminate—J. A. Swets>

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