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dɪˈsɜrn, -ˈzɜrndis·cern

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spot, recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apartverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. discernverb

    To detect with the senses, especially with the eyes.

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

  2. discernverb

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

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

  3. discernverb

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

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

  4. discernverb

    To perceive differences.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discernverb

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

  2. Discernverb

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

  3. Discernverb

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

  4. Discernverb

    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.]

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  1. rescind

  2. cinders

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Numerology

  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

Examples of discern in a Sentence

  1. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce:

    Genius - To know without having learned to draw just conclusions from unknown premises to discern the soul of things.

  2. David Burnham:

    The teeth suggest it’s a Tyrannosaurus rex; however, there is still more work to be done, because a young T. rex is so rare, there are only a few that have been found over the years, so it’s difficult to discern what are changes due to growth or if the differences in the bones reflect different species.

  3. Brian Burston:

    You can't discern between the different groups and you don't know whether there's ISIS infiltrators in any of them, the weapon of choice now is a truck. What next? It's just frightening.

  4. Ken Hughes:

    The grand jury was able to discern that Nixon Richard Nixon was Richard Nixon, and the only reason that they did not indict Richard Nixon is because there was a question of whether or not a sitting President could be indicted.

  5. Penny Nance:

    It's important to hear and actually try to discern the heart of a candidate, i want to know their moral compass, their core values, are the same as my members.

Images & Illustrations of discern

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  • تبينArabic
  • различавам, съзирам, забелязвам, разпознавамBulgarian
  • erkennen, wahrnehmenGerman
  • διακρίνωGreek
  • discernir, vislumbrar, percibirSpanish
  • huomata, havaita, erottaa, nähdäFinnish
  • discernerFrench
  • देख लेनाHindi
  • percepireItalian
  • 識別Japanese
  • 인지하다, 식별하다Korean
  • discernereLatin
  • 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
  • వివేకంTelugu
  • farketmekTurkish
  • سمجھتے ہیںUrdu
  • 辨别Chinese

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    • A. conform
    • B. doom
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