discriminate - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlediscriminating
past tensediscriminated
past participlediscriminated
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to treat someone unfairly because of their religion, race, or other personal features

    Employers are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of gender.

    discriminate against:

    Caulfield claimed they had discriminated against him because of his nationality.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to recognize the difference between things
    discriminate between:

    Long-range missile attacks simply cannot discriminate between military and civilian targets.

    discriminate something from something:

    It can be difficult to discriminate one sound from another.