verb (used with object)
to discriminate or distinguish in thought.
verb (used without object)
to become secerned.
Origin of secern
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Related Words for secerndetect, foresee, anticipate, perceive, differentiate, determine, ascertain, distinguish, discriminate, divine, rubberneck, notice, espy, separate, read, remark, spot, discover, extricate, focus
Examples from the Web for secern
Historical Examples of secern
And still less is he able to secern the truth from the falsehood, or to weigh the probabilities of conflicting testimony.Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. I. (of 2)
verb (tr) rare
(of a gland or follicle) to secrete
to distinguish or discriminate
Word Origin for secern
C17: from Latin sēcernere to separate, from sē- apart + cernere to distinguish
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