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English definition of “discriminate”

discriminate

verb  /dɪˈskrɪm·əˌneɪt/ us  

discriminate verb (TREAT WORSE)

[I] to treat a person or particular group of people differently and esp. unfairly, in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated: It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, or age. They argued that whites in the area in the 1800s discriminated against the Lakota.

discriminate verb (SEE A DIFFERENCE)

[I/T] to be able to see the difference between two things or types of things: [I] We need to discriminate between stopgap methods and long-term solutions.
(Definition of discriminate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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