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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discern mean? 

DISCERN (verb)
  The verb DISCERN has 1 sense:

1. detect with the senses

  Familiarity information: DISCERN used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DISCERN (verb)

Sense 1discern [BACK TO TOP]


Detect with the senses

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling


discern; make out; tell apart; distinguish; pick out; recognise; recognize

Context examples:

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" entails doing...:

comprehend; perceive (to become aware of through the senses)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "discern"):

resolve (make clearly visible)

discriminate (distinguish)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

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