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Meaning of DISCERN

Pronunciation:  di'surn

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  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"
 

DISCERN is a 7 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, tell apart
 
 See Also: comprehend, discriminate, perceive, resolve

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Dis*cern"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discerned}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Discerning}.] [F. discerner, L. discernere,
    discretum; dis- + cernere to separate, distinguish. See
    {Certain}, and cf. {Discreet}.]
    1. To see and identify by noting a difference or differences;
       to note the distinctive character of; to discriminate; to
       distinguish.
    
             To discern such buds as are fit to produce blossoms.
                                                   --Boyle.
    
             A counterfeit stone which thine eye can not discern
             from a right stone.                   --Robynson
                                                   (More's
                                                   Utopia).
    
    2. To see by the eye or by the understanding; to perceive and
       recognize; as, to discern a difference.
    
             And [I] beheld among the simple ones, I discerned
             among the youths, a young man void of understanding.
                                                   --Prov. vii.
                                                   7.
    
             Our unassisted sight . . . is not acute enough to
             discern the minute texture of visible objects.
                                                   --Beattie.
    
             I wake, and I discern the truth.      --Tennyson.
    
    Syn: To perceive; distinguish; discover; penetrate;
         discriminate; espy; descry; detect. See {Perceive}.
    
    
  2. \Dis*cern"\, v. i.
    1. To see or understand the difference; to make distinction;
       as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood.
    
             More than sixscore thousand that cannot discern
             between their right hand their left.  --Jonah iv.
                                                   11.
    
    2. To make cognizance. [Obs.] --Bacon.
    
    
 
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