Discern Dis*cern", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discerned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discerning}.] [F. discerner, L. discernere, discretum; dis- + cernere to separate, distinguish. See {Certain}, and cf. {Discreet}.] 1. To see and identify by noting a difference or differences; to note the distinctive character of; to discriminate; to distinguish. [1913 Webster]

To discern such buds as are fit to produce blossoms. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

A counterfeit stone which thine eye can not discern from a right stone. --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster]

2. To see by the eye or by the understanding; to perceive and recognize; as, to discern a difference. [1913 Webster]

And [I] beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding. --Prov. vii. 7. [1913 Webster]

Our unassisted sight . . . is not acute enough to discern the minute texture of visible objects. --Beattie. [1913 Webster]

I wake, and I discern the truth. --Tennyson.

Syn: To perceive; distinguish; discover; penetrate; discriminate; espy; descry; detect. See {Perceive}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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