discriminate between

discriminate between

someone and someone else or something and something else to distinguish between people or between things. I find it hard these days to discriminate between my friends and my enemies. Can you discriminate between this shade of pink and that one?
See also: discriminate
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The first means of recognition is the sense of hearing; which with us is far more highly developed than with you, and which enables us not only to distinguish by the voice our personal friends, but even to discriminate between different classes, at least so far as concerns the three lowest orders, the Equilateral, the Square, and the Pentagon -- for of the Isosceles I take no account.
Among the innumerable categories applicable to the phenomena of human life one may discriminate between those in which substance prevails and those in which form prevails.
Now it does give me real pain to speak in this almost unappreciative way of the old masters and their martyrs, because good friends of mine in the ship--friends who do thoroughly and conscientiously appreciate them and are in every way competent to discriminate between good pictures and inferior ones--have urged me for my own sake not to make public the fact that I lack this appreciation and this critical discrimination myself.
He remembered that at such times he had been particularly absentminded, and could not discriminate between objects and persons unless he concentrated special attention upon them.
Perhaps we don't always discriminate between sense and nonsense.
An outside observer, unable to perceive the accompanying consciousness, might be wholly at a loss to discriminate between the automatic acts and those which volition escorted.
Razumov, when you have lived long enough, you will learn to discriminate between the noble trustfulness of a nature foreign to every meanness and the flattered credulity of some women; though even the credulous, silly as they may be, unhappy as they are sure to be, are never absolute fools.
Therefore, a rapid diagnostic assay was developed to discriminate between HPAI and LPAI subtype H5 viruses by 1-step real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) with melting curve analysis.
After being able to discriminate between sounds from various languages, babies by age 6 months notice novel sounds solely from their native tongue (SN: 2/8/92, p.
If the Maryland law "provided for a holiday only for followers of the Christian faith on the days around Easter, it would, on its face, discriminate between denominations and be subject to strict scrutiny," the 4th Circuit said in a unanimous ruling.
They also prohibit charges that discriminate between AT&T and its long-distance competitors for the use of the BOCs' networks to originate and terminate long-distance calls.
Historically, cup and immersion tests have provided adequate data to discriminate between good products and-poor performers.
The main problem in prostate cancer diagnosis is not to discriminate patients with cancer from normal individuals, but rather to discriminate between prostate cancer and benign prostate conditions.
In some cases they could discriminate between elephants found within 150 kilometers of each other.
Our goal is develop simple blood-based tests that will enable physicians to discriminate between patients at an early stage, since an increasing number of studies show that early therapeutic intervention can make a significant difference in improving quality of life.