Discriminate meaning

dĭ-skrĭmə-nāt
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.

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To make a clear distinction; distinguish.

Discriminate among the options available.

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To perceive or notice the distinguishing features of; recognize as distinct.

Unable to discriminate colors.

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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.

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To recognize the difference between; distinguish.
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To make distinctions on the basis of class or category without regard to individual merit, especially to show prejudice on the basis of ethnicity, gender, or a similar social factor.

Was accused of discriminating against women; discriminated in favor of his cronies.

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To make distinctions in treatment; show partiality (in favor of) or prejudice (against)
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To make or constitute a distinction in or between.

Methods that discriminate science from pseudoscience; characteristics that discriminate early stone artifacts from pieces of natural stone.

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To constitute a difference between; differentiate.
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To see the difference (between things); distinguish.
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To be discerning.
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Involving discrimination; distinguishing carefully.
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(intransitive) To make distinctions.

Since he was colorblind he was unable to discriminate between the blue and green bottles.

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(intransitive, construed with against) To make decisions based on prejudice.

The law prohibits discriminating against people based on their skin color.

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To set apart as being different; to mark as different; to separate from another by discerning differences; to distinguish.

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Having the difference marked; distinguished by certain tokens.

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Origin of discriminate

  • Latin discrīmināre discrīmināt- from discrīmen discrīmin- distinction krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare (“to divide, separate, distinguish”), from discrimen (“a space between, division, separation, distinction”), from discerno (“to divide, separate, distinguish, discern”); see discern, discreet, discrete. Compare crime.

    From Wiktionary