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secern

[ 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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Origin of secern

1620–30; <Latin sēcernere, equivalent to sē-se- + cernere to sift (cf. discern)

OTHER WORDS FROM secern

se·cern·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for secern

secern
/ (sɪˈsɜːn) /

verb (tr) rare

(of a gland or follicle) to secrete
to distinguish or discriminate

Derived forms of secern

secernment, noun

Word Origin for secern

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