discern

[ dih-surn, -zurn ]
/ dɪˈsɜrn, -ˈzɜrn /
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verb (used with object)

to perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend: They discerned a sail on the horizon.
to distinguish mentally; recognize as distinct or different; discriminate: He is incapable of discerning right from wrong.

verb (used without object)

to distinguish or discriminate.

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Origin of discern

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English (from Old French ), from Latin discernere “to separate,” equivalent to dis-dis-1 + cernere “to separate”

synonym study for discern

1. See notice.

OTHER WORDS FROM discern

dis·cern·er, nounpre·dis·cern, verb (used with object)un·dis·cerned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for discern

discern
/ (dɪˈsɜːn) /

verb

(tr) to recognize or perceive clearly
to recognize or perceive (differences)

Derived forms of discern

discerner, noun

Word Origin for discern

C14: from Old French discerner, from Latin discernere to divide, from dis- 1 (apart) + cernere to separate
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