[v. dih-skrim-uh-neyt; adj. dih-skrim-uh-nit]
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.
to note or distinguish as different: He can discriminate minute variations in tone.
marked by discrimination; making or evidencing nice distinctions: discriminate people; discriminate judgments.

1620–30; < Latin discrīminātus separated, past participle of discrīmināre. See discriminant, -ate1

discriminately, adverb
half-discriminated, adjective
prediscriminate, verb (used with object), prediscriminated, prediscriminating.
undiscriminated, adjective

3. See distinguish.
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vb (when intr, foll by between or among)
1.  (intr; 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
2.  to recognize or understand the difference (between); distinguish: to discriminate right and wrong; to discriminate between right and wrong
3.  (intr) to constitute or mark a difference
4.  (intr) to be discerning in matters of taste
5.  showing or marked by discrimination
[C17: from Latin discrīmināre to divide, from discrīmen a separation, from discernere to discern]

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Word Origin & History

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
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Example sentences
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.
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