[ si-surn ]
/ sɪˈsɜrn /
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verb (used with object)
to discriminate or distinguish in thought.
verb (used without object)
to become secerned.
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OTHER WORDS FROM secernse·cern·ment, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for 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)|Dawson Turner
British Dictionary definitions for secern
/ (sɪˈsɜːn) /
verb (tr) rare
(of a gland or follicle) to secrete
to distinguish or discriminate
Derived forms of secernsecernment, noun
Word Origin for secern
C17: from Latin sēcernere to separate, from sē- apart + cernere to distinguish
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