secern
transitive verb Etymology: Latin secernere to separate — more at secret Date: 1604 to discriminate in thought ; distinguish

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  • secern — [si sʉrn′] vt. [L secernere, to sunder, separate < se (see SECEDE) + cernere, to separate: see HARVEST] to discriminate, or distinguish [to secern good from evil] …   English World dictionary

  • Secern — Se*cern , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Secerned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Secerning}.] [L. secernere. See {Secrete}.] 1. To separate; to distinguish. [1913 Webster] Averroes secerns a sense of titillation, and a sense of hunger and thirst. Sir W. Hamilton.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • secern — verb differentiate, discern, discriminate, distinguish, note the distinctions, perceive differences Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • secern — secernment, n. /si serrn /, v.t. 1. to discriminate or distinguish in thought. v.i. 2. to become secerned. [1620 30; < L secernere, equiv. to se SE + cernere to sift (cf. DISCERN)] * * * …   Universalium

  • secern — verb a) To discriminate, distinguish b) To secrete …   Wiktionary

  • secern — v. distinguish as distinct, discriminate …   English contemporary dictionary

  • secern — se·cern …   English syllables

  • secern — se•cern [[t]sɪˈsɜrn[/t]] v. t. to discriminate or distinguish in thought • Etymology: 1620–30; < L sēcernere=sē se +cernere to sift se•cern′ment, n …   From formal English to slang

  • secern — /səˈsɜn/ (say suh sern) verb (t) Rare 1. to distinguish; discriminate. 2. (of a follicle or gland) to secrete. {Latin sēcernere to separate, distinguish} …   Australian English dictionary

  • secern —   v.t. secrete; separate; discriminate.    ♦ secernent, n. & a. (thing) secreting or causing secretion.    ♦ secernment, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

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