[ dih-surn ]
/ dɪˈsɜrn /
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verb (used without object)
Scots Law. to enter a judicial decree.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to discern.
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Origin of decern

1400–50; late Middle English decernen to decide <Old French decerner<Latin dēcernere, equivalent to dē-de- + cernere to separate, decide
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How to use decern in a sentence

  • It happened at one time he heard his mother (for see neither of them could, as to decern in so dark a place) bemoan her condition.

  • Noo, I would be greatly obligated if ye would expone to me the nice point, that I may be able to decern accordingly.

    The Entail|John Galt

British Dictionary definitions for decern

/ (dɪˈsɜːn) /

verb (tr)
Scots law to decree or adjudge
an archaic spelling of discern

Word Origin for decern

C15: from Old French decerner, from Latin dēcernere to judge, from cernere to discern
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