Meaning of “discriminate” in the English Dictionary

"discriminate" in English

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uk /dɪˈskrɪm.ɪ.neɪt/ us /dɪˈskrɪm.ə.neɪt/
adjective uk /dɪˈskrɪm.ɪ.nə.tər.i/ us /dɪˈskrɪm.ə.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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us /dɪˈskrɪm·əˌneɪt/

discriminate verb (TREAT WORSE)

[ I ] to treat a person or particular group of people differently 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, national origin, 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 stopgap methods and long-term solutions.

(Definition of “discriminate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"discriminate" in Business English

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discriminateverb [ I ]

uk /dɪˈskrɪmɪneɪt/ us

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)