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1. the practice of treating one person or group differently from another in an unfair way:
racial/sex/religious etc discrimination (=treating someone unfairly because of their race, sex etc)➔positive discrimination, reverse discrimination
2. the ability to recognize the difference between two or more things, especially the difference in their quality:
way somebody/something looks
[uncountable and countable]
He was always criticising his wife's appearance.
We are often attracted to somebody first by theirphysical appearance.
Women, in general, tend to be more concerned than men about their personal appearance.
She had an outward appearance of calm, but deep down she was really worried.
1 something that you hold in your hand and use to do a particular job:
I don't have the right tools to start fiddling around with the engine.
a shop selling garden tools
1 to give something to someone or make it available to them, because they need it or want it [↪ provision]:
Tea and biscuits will be provided.
[uncountable and countable noun]
an ability to do something well, especially because you have learned and practised it [↪ talent]:
Reading and writing are two different skills.
Many jobs today require computer skills.
the use of satellites to obtain pictures and information about the Earth
a piece of equipment used for discovering the presence of light, heat, movement etc
[transitive verb not in progressive]
1 written: to understand or think of something or someone in a particular way [↪ perception]
perceive something/somebody as something
Even as a young woman she had been perceived as a future chief executive.