verb (used without object), discriminated, discriminating.
to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality:
The new law discriminates against foreigners. He discriminates in favor of his relatives.
to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately:
to discriminate between things.
verb (used with object), discriminated, discriminating.
to make or constitute a distinction in or between; differentiate:
a mark that discriminates the original from the copy.
Many groups want governments to discriminate in their favour.
The problem is that we did not evolve a baloney-detection device in our brains to discriminate between true and false patterns.
When it comes to a toothache, the brain doesn't discriminate.
She discriminates colors poorly.
In a democracy, it is important to discriminate influence from authority.
The disparate-impact standard is important because it is often impossible to prove an employer's intent to discriminate.
It annoys me that credit criteria discriminate against renters.
New restrictions would unfairly discriminate against older drivers.
Net neutrality concerns the ability of service providers to discriminate against the traffic that flows over their network.
Waive provisions that discriminate against health savings accounts and other consumer-driven health plans.
British Dictionary definitions for discriminate
(intransitive; usually foll by in favour of or against) to single out a particular person, group, etc, for special favour or, esp, disfavour, often because of a characteristic such as race, colour, sex, intelligence, etc
when intr, foll by between or among. to recognize or understand the difference (between); distinguish to discriminate right and wrong, to discriminate between right and wrong
(intransitive) to constitute or mark a difference
(intransitive) to be discerning in matters of taste
showing or marked by discrimination
discriminately, adverb discriminator, noun
C17: from Latin discrīmināre to divide, from discrīmen a separation, from discernere to discern
1620s, from L. discriminare "to divide," from discrimen, derived n. from discernere (see discern). The adverse (usually racial) sense is first recorded 1866, Amer.Eng. Positive sense remains in discriminating. Related: Discriminated