verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of discern
Examples from the Web for discern
But, as far as I can discern, they do focused, pragmatic work.
The addicting ditty “One of These Things” was used to help children learn to compare and discern differences.
Meaning, one was left to discern, that religion is self-evidently a coercive force for ill.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence|Patricia Pearson|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lately though it seems the line between spin and reality is harder to discern.
Rational people, they contend, would take the time to discern whether the person behind the weapon was an actual threat.
From these you will discern the valley, and can descend into it.The Magician's Show Box and Other Stories|Lydia Maria Child
It was several minutes before I could discern the objects around me.
Thou art of those great ones whose greatness the small passer-by does not discern.Past and Present|Thomas Carlyle
It almost seemed as if the infant orbs could see ahead into the future—could discern the lowering hand of outraged Nature.From One Generation to Another|Henry Seton Merriman
Of the great public men of the day, Burke was perhaps the first to discern the true character of this movement in France.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan