Definition and Meanings for discern

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Discern is ranked 7,847 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of discern

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of discern

f. discerner, l. discernere, discretum; dis- + cernere to separate, distinguish. see certain, and cf. discreet

Meaning of discern


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to see and identify by noting a difference or differences; to note the distinctive character of; to discriminate; to distinguish.
  • to see by the eye or by the understanding; to perceive and recognize; as, to discern a difference.

as intransitive verb

  • to see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood.
  • to make cognizance.
  • No antonyms for discern

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