discriminate between

discriminate between (someone or something)

To recognize the differences between people or things. I have a hard time discriminating between Jim and Greg, but they are identical twins after all. You can discriminate between hydrangea and phlox by looking at their leaves.
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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Let them discriminate between what they remember and what they dreamed, call a spade a spade, give us facts, and honor their own senses with trust.
Smith" would only be a quite satisfactory representation of vague words if we failed to discriminate between different people called Smith.
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.
The melting curve analysis described here provides a rapid, accurate, and high-throughput approach to discriminate between HPAI and LPAI.
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.
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.
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.
In order for gene activity to become widely used for choosing treatments, Pollack said the results first must be independently replicated and researchers must find the smallest number of genes that can still discriminate between treatment groups.
Conventional live scan optics cannot discriminate between moisture and skin surface.