discerner

discern

[dih-surn, -zurn]
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.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin discernere to separate, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + cernere to separate

discerner, noun
prediscern, verb (used with object)
undiscerned, adjective


1. discover, descry, espy. See notice. 2, 3. differentiate, judge.
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discern (dɪˈsɜːn)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to recognize or perceive clearly
2.  to recognize or perceive (differences)
 
[C14: from Old French discerner, from Latin discernere to divide, from dis-1 (apart) + cernere to separate]
 
dis'cerner
 
n

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discern
late 14c., from O.Fr. discerner "distinguish, separate" (by sifting), from L. discernere, from dis- "off, away" + cernere "distinguish, separate, sift" (see crisis). Related: Discerned.
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