Discern meaning

dĭ-sûrn
To perceive, recognize, or comprehend with the mind; to descry.
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Discern is defined as to recognize someone or something as different from someone or something else.

An example of discern is being able to pick a friend out of a crowd.

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To perceive or recognize the difference.
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To separate (a thing) mentally from another or others; recognize as separate or different.
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To detect with the senses, especially with the eyes.
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To distinguish something as being different from something else; to differentiate.

He was too young to discern right from wrong.

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To perceive with the eyes; detect or distinguish.

Discern a figure in the shadows.

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To recognize or understand as being distinct or different.

Researchers finally discerned the purpose of the gene.

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To perceive or recognize; make out clearly.
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(intransitive) To perceive differences.
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Origin of discern

  • Middle English discernen from Old French discerner from Latin discernere to separate dis- apart dis– cernere to perceive krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English discernen, from Old French discerner, from Latin discernere (“to separate, divide, distinguish, discern”), from dis- (“apart”) + cernere (“to separate”); see certain.

    From Wiktionary