Definitions for discerndɪˈsɜrn, -ˈzɜrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•cern*dɪˈsɜrn, -ˈzɜrn(v.t.)

  1. to perceive by the sight or other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend.

  2. to distinguish mentally; discriminate:

    to discern right from wrong.

  3. (v.i.)to distinguish or discriminate.

* Syn: See notice.

Origin of discern:

1300–50; < L discernere to separate =dis-dis -1+cernere to separate



Princeton's WordNet

  1. spot, recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apart(verb)

    detect with the senses

    "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"


  1. discern(Verb)

    To detect with the senses, especially with the eyes.

  2. discern(Verb)

    To perceive, recognize, or comprehend with the mind; to descry.

  3. discern(Verb)

    To distinguish something as being different from something else; to differentiate.

  4. discern(Verb)

    To perceive differences.

  5. Origin: From discernen, from discerner, from discernere, from dis- + cernere; see certain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discern(verb)

    to see and identify by noting a difference or differences; to note the distinctive character of; to discriminate; to distinguish

  2. Discern(verb)

    to see by the eye or by the understanding; to perceive and recognize; as, to discern a difference

  3. Discern(verb)

    to see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood

  4. Discern(verb)

    to make cognizance

Translations for discern

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to see or realize; to notice

We could discern from his appearance that he was upset.

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