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discriminate

verb uk   us   /dɪˈskrɪm.ɪ.neɪt/

discriminate verb (TREAT DIFFERENTLY)

C1 [I] to treat a person or particular group of people differently, especially in a worse way from the way in which you treat other people, because of their skin colour, sex, sexuality, etc.: She felt she had been discriminated against because of her age. In order to increase the number of female representatives, the selection committee decided to discriminate in favour of women for three years.

discriminate verb (SEE A DIFFERENCE)

C2 [I + adv/prep] formal to be able to see the difference between two things or people: Police dogs can discriminate between the different smells.
discriminatory
adjective uk   /-nə.tər.i/  us   /-nə.tɔːri/
discriminatory legislation/laws/practices
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