Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of discriminate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “discriminate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

dawn on sb

If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More