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verb (used with object)
  1. to discriminate or distinguish in thought.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become secerned.
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Origin of secern

1620–30; < Latin sēcernere, equivalent to sē- se- + cernere to sift (cf. discern)
Related formsse·cern·ment, noun
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Related Words for secern

detect, foresee, anticipate, perceive, differentiate, determine, ascertain, distinguish, discriminate, divine, rubberneck, notice, espy, separate, read, remark, spot, discover, extricate, focus

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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)

    Dawson Turner

British Dictionary definitions for secern


verb (tr) rare
  1. (of a gland or follicle) to secrete
  2. to distinguish or discriminate
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Derived Formssecernment, noun

Word Origin for secern

C17: from Latin sēcernere to separate, from sē- apart + cernere to distinguish
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