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.
(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