When you discriminate between two things, you can tell the difference between them and can tell them apart.

The ability to discriminate between similar objects is important. For example, if you want to be a good root farmer, it helps if you can discriminate between a turnip and a parsnip. However, some people take it too far and discriminate against other people, treating them differently based on their physical characteristics or abilities. To be able to discriminate between a turnip and a radish is good, but to discriminate against people is not.

Definitions of discriminate

adj marked by the ability to see or make fine distinctions

discriminate judgments”
discriminate people”
showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste
not marked by fine distinctions
not selective of a single class or person
sweeping, wholesale
ignoring distinctions
indiscriminating, undiscriminating
not discriminating
applying to all or most members of a category or group
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v distinguish

“I could not discriminate the different tastes in this complicated dish”
Type of:
discern, distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, spot, tell apart
detect with the senses

v recognize or perceive the difference

know apart
mark fine distinctions and subtleties, as among words
Type of:
differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart
mark as different

v treat differently on the basis of sex or race

separate, single out
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insulate, isolate
place or set apart
hive off
remove from a group and make separate
separate by race or religion; practice a policy of racial segregation
discriminate in selling or renting housing in certain areas of a neighborhood
disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
separate or isolate (one thing) from another and place in a group apart from others
ghettoise, ghettoize
put in a ghetto
seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister
seclude, sequester, sequestrate, withdraw
keep away from others
place into enforced isolation, as for medical reasons
leave stranded on a desert island without resources
hamper, handicap, hinder
put at a disadvantage
disadvantage by prejudice
Type of:
differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart
mark as different

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