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Discern (to perceive or recognize) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the verb discern

What does discern mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: discerned | discerning | discerns

  1. detect with the senses
    • examples: It is hard to discern between the true and the false. | The inky litre of blueberry juice needed something else to make it taste better, but he could not discern what that something could be. | However, when listening to an unknown foreign language, our ability to discern different words is lost, and we recognize speech as being a stream of sounds without many pauses. | He can't discern fact from fiction.
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus]I saw the play | The crew spotted the island
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] [Predicate, object control with bare infinitive]I saw her bake the cake
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] [Predicate, object control with -ing]I saw him laughing
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus] in [Oblique]I sensed the eagerness in him
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, how-extraction]I saw how he arrived
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, possessive with -ing]I saw their laughing and joking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, that-complement clause]I can see that you are feeling great
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Stimulus, what-extraction]I saw what they did

      Verbs of Perception (with the same syntax): detect, feel, notice, perceive, see, sense.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of discern: distinguish / make out / pick out / recognise / recognize / spot / tell apart
    • more specific words:
    • entailment: comprehend / perceive = to become aware of through the senses

Alternative definition of the verb discern

verb

  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.
  4. [intransitive] To perceive differences.

Definition of the verb discern for high school students

    to perceive, detect
    • example: Though he hid his emotions, she discerned from his body language that he was angry.

The verb discern is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Discern

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Google previewPapers in the Wind (2014)

by Eduardo Sacheri

Discern means seeing something...

Google previewDiscovering the Seer in You (2011)

Exploring Your Prophetic Gifts by James W. Goll

To discern means to see —whether it be divine spirits, evil spirits, the human spirit, or even the discerning of the similitude of God.9 The gift of discerning spirits is the Godgiven ability or enablement to recognize the identity (and very often ...

Google previewHOW TO CHOOSE A RELIGION (1987)

by K. Sri Dhammananda

People can discover many things in this world but the most difficult thing for them to discern is the truth or reality of all compounded things. We should not depend on speculative rumours to understand the truth. We may accept certain things as ...

Google previewEvidence-Based Practice Across the Health Professions (2013)

by Tammy Hoffmann, Sally Bennett, Christopher Del Mar

DISCERN is a questionnaire designed to assess the quality of written information on treatment ...

Google previewWeimar and Nazi Germany (2014)

Continuities and Discontinuities by Panikos Panayi

There is, however, considerable uncertainty about what kind of changes in the texture of German society were actually intended; and even more difficult to discern is the extent to which these plans were made reality by the Nazi leadership.

Google previewJewish Themes in the New Testament: Yam Yisrael Chai! (2013)

by Paul Morris

Knowing about Bible background information culled from rabbinic sources The key thing to discern is the value being given to ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

— What doth better become wisdom to discern what is worthy the loving \ Sidney. You should be rul'd and led By some discretion, that discerns your state Better than yourself. Shakes. King Lear. f .

Google previewVine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (1996)

With Topical Index by W. E. Vine, Merrill Unger

DISCERN, DISCERNER, DISCERNMENT A. Verbs. 1. anakrino (350), “to distinguish, or separate out so as to investigate (krino) by looking throughout ( ana, intensive) objects or particulars,” hence signifies “to examine, scrutinize, question, ...

Google previewMounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (2009)

by William D. Mounce

Alternate translations such as “perceive, discern” may more readily capture the nuance of the term. See understand. New Testament Verb: (diakrin), GK 1359 (S 1252), 19x. diakrin means “to judge, distinguish, evaluate.” When applied to ...

Google previewVines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

by W.E Vine, Rev Terry Kulakowski, Editor

DISCERN,. DISCERNER,. DISCERNMENT. A. Verbs. 1. (, 350), “to distinguish, or separate out so as to investigate () by looking throughout (, intensive) objects or particulars,” hence signifies “to examine, scrutinize, question, to hold a ...

Google previewThe Pocket Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus (2006)

by Elizabeth Jewell

discern (could distinguish two voices) ...

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Usage statistics about discern

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb discern:

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Quotes about Discern

To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool, than to discover who is a clever man. (Talleyrand)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1C3E1R1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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