discriminate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “discriminate” in the English Dictionary

"discriminate" in British English

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discriminateverb

uk   us   /dɪˈskrɪm.ɪ.neɪt/

discriminate verb (TREAT DIFFERENTLY)

C1 [I] to ​treat a ​person or ​particulargroup of ​peopledifferently, ​especially in a ​worse way from the way in which you ​treat other ​people, because of ​theirskincolour, ​sex, sexuality, etc.: She ​felt she had been discriminated against because of her ​age. In ​order to ​increase the ​number of ​femalerepresentatives, the ​selectioncommitteedecided 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
(Definition of discriminate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"discriminate" in American English

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discriminateverb

 us   /dɪˈskrɪm·əˌneɪt/

discriminate verb (TREAT WORSE)

[I] to ​treat a ​person or ​particulargroup of ​peopledifferently 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, ​nationalorigin, 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 ​stopgapmethods and ​long-termsolutions.
(Definition of discriminate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"discriminate" in Business English

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discriminateverb [I]

uk   us   /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 ​boardruled that the ​company had ​committed "​unfairlaborpractices" by discriminating on the ​basis of ​unionmembership.discriminate between sb/sth (and sb/sth) The ​government was ​accused of putting up ​tariffs and discriminating between ​domestic and ​foreignfirms.
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 ​badpayers among ​people in the 18 to 25 age ​group.
(Definition of discriminate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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