discern [dih-surn, -zurn] (previously 01-16-13)
verb (used with object)
1. to perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend: They discerned a sail on the horizon.
2. to distinguish mentally; recognize as distinct or different; discriminate: He is incapable of discerning right from wrong.
verb (used without object)
3. to distinguish or discriminate.
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1. discover, descry, espy. See notice.
2, 3. differentiate, judge.
Origin: 1300-50; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin discernere to separate, equivalent to dis- dis-1+ cernere to separate
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