Discriminate is defined as to recognize or see the difference between two or more people or things.(verb)
An example of discriminate is a dress maker seeing the height difference between two bridesmaids and making adjustments accordingly.
The definition of discriminate is to show partiality or prejudice based on a general category not on individual merit.(verb)
An example of discriminate is to refuse to rent an apartment to a black man because he is black.
See discriminate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L discriminatus, pp. of discriminare, to divide, distinguish < discrimen, division, distinction < discernere: see discern
See discriminate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb dis·crim·i·nat·ed, dis·crim·i·nat·ing, dis·crim·i·nates verb, intransitive
Origin: Latin discrīmināre, discrīmināt-
Origin: , from discrīmen, discrīmin-, distinction; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
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