• (British) IPA: /dɪˈsɜːn/
  • (America) IPA: /dɪˈsɝn/
  • (British) IPA: /dɪˈzɜːn/
  • (America) IPA: /dɪˈzɝn/

discern (discerns, present participle discerning; past and past participle discerned)

  1. (transitive) To detect with the senses, especially with the eyes.
  2. (transitive) To perceive, recognize, or comprehend with the mind; to descry.
  3. (transitive) To distinguish something as being different from something else; to differentiate.
    He was too young to discern right from wrong.
  4. (intransitive) To perceive differences.
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