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Discern meaning

discern - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. To see and identify by noting a difference or differences; to note the distinctive character of; to discriminate; to distinguish.
  2. 2. To see by the eye or by the understanding; to perceive and recognize; as, to discern a difference.
  3. 3. To see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood.
  4. 4. To make cognizance.
  5. 5. To perceive; see; distinguish.

discern - examples of usage

  1. They came to the top of the hill; she could just discern them against the sky; they passed over the ridge and she went indoors.
  2. He said this in order to try and discern what was the intention of Powhatan towards him. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  3. Nor did she notice any abnormal satisfaction on Mr. Fenwick's countenance as he came into the drawing- room by himself, such as one might discern in a hen- if hens had countenances- after a special egg. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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