- Discriminate is defined as to recognize or see the difference between two or more people or things.
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.
An example of discriminate is to refuse to rent an apartment to a black man because he is black.
- to constitute a difference between; differentiate
- to recognize the difference between; distinguish
Origin: ; from Classical Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare, to divide, distinguish ; from discrimen, division, distinction ; from discernere: see discern
- to see the difference (between things); distinguish
- to be discerning
- to make distinctions in treatment; show partiality (in favor of) or prejudice (against)
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verb dis·crim·i·nat·ed, dis·crim·i·nat·ing, dis·crim·i·nates verb, intransitive
- a. To make a clear distinction; distinguish: discriminate among the options available.b. To make sensible decisions; judge wisely.
- To make distinctions on the basis of class or category without regard to individual merit; show preference or prejudice: was accused of discriminating against women; discriminated in favor of his cronies.
- To perceive the distinguishing features of; recognize as distinct: discriminate right from wrong.
- To distinguish by noting differences; differentiate: unable to discriminate colors.
- To make or constitute a distinction in or between: methods that discriminate science from pseudoscience.
Origin: Latin discrīmināre, discrīmināt-, from discrīmen, discrīmin-, distinction; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
- dis·crimˈi·nate adjective
- dis·crimˈi·nate·ly adverb