What does discern mean?

Definitions for discerndɪˈsɜrn, -ˈzɜrn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word discern.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discern

    diz-ėrn′, v.t. to distinguish clearly by the eye or understanding: to judge (sometimes with between).—n. Discern′er.—adj. Discern′ible.—adv. Discern′ibly.—p.adj. Discern′ing, discriminating, acute.—n. Discern′ment, power or faculty of discriminating: judgment: acuteness. [L. discern˘eredis, thoroughly, and cernĕre, to sift, perceive.]

Anagrams for discern »

  1. rescind

  2. cinders


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discern in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    Maturity is the ability to discern the ignorant without discussing them.

  2. H Hahn Blavatsky:

    When he has ceased to hear the many, he may discern the One - the inner sound which kills the outer.

  3. Carl Jung:

    As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of being.

  4. Michael Steinbach:

    Once in Syria, it is very difficult to discern what happens there, this lack of clarity remains troubling.

  5. Carl Jung:

    As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

Images & Illustrations of discern

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Translations for discern

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تبينArabic
  • различавам, съзирам, забелязвам, разпознавамBulgarian
  • erkennen, wahrnehmenGerman
  • διακρίνωGreek
  • discernir, vislumbrar, percibirSpanish
  • huomata, havaita, erottaa, nähdäFinnish
  • discernerFrench
  • percepireItalian
  • 인지하다, 식별하다Korean
  • dostrzec, zauważać, rozróżnić, dostrzegać, rozróżniać, zauważyćPolish
  • percepe, discerneRomanian
  • распознава́ть, различи́ть, различа́ть, распозна́тьRussian
  • rozoznať, uvedomiť si, rozlíšiť, spozorovať, odlíšiť, zbadať, postrehnúť, všimnúť si, pochopiťSlovak
  • urskilja, se skillnad på, skiljaSwedish

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