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discriminate

verb [I]
 
 
/dɪˈskrɪmɪneɪt/
to treat particular people, companies, or products differently from others, especially in an unfair way: Under the law, the state must administer its programs in ways that do not discriminate against anyone based on race.discriminate on the basis of/on the grounds of sth The board ruled that the company had committed "unfair labor practices" by discriminating on the basis of union membership.discriminate between sb/sth (and sb/sth) The government was accused of putting up tariffs and discriminating between domestic and foreign firms.
to be able to recognize the difference between people or things: discriminate between sb/sth (and sb/sth) Conventional credit scoring systems do not reliably discriminate between good and bad payers among people in the 18 to 25 age group.
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