New Vocab: Discern

verb: discern; 3rd person present: discerns; past tense: discerned; past participle: discerned; gerund or present participle: discerning

perceive or recognize (something).
“I can discern no difference between the two policies”

distinguish (someone or something) with difficulty by sight or with the other senses.
“she could faintly discern the shape of a skull”
synonyms: perceive, make out, pick out, detect, recognize, notice, observe, see, spot; More
identify, determine, distinguish;
literarydescry, espy
“they could discern a slender figure, probably a woman, slowly approaching”

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin discernere, from dis- ‘apart’ + cernere ‘to separate.’


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