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English definition of “discriminate”

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 .
(Definition of discriminate verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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