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Definition of discriminate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discriminate
    he / she / it discriminates
    past simple discriminated
    -ing form discriminating
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to recognize that there is a difference between people or things; to show a difference between people or things synonym differentiate, distinguish discriminate (between A and B) The computer program was unable to discriminate between letters and numbers. discriminate something When do babies learn to discriminate voices? discriminate A from B A number of features discriminate this species from others.
  2. 2[intransitive] to treat one person or group worse/better than another in an unfair way discriminate (against somebody) discriminate (in favor of somebody) practices that discriminate against women and in favor of men discriminate (on the grounds of something) It is illegal to discriminate on grounds of race, sex, or religion.
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