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secern

[si-surn] /sɪˈsɜrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to discriminate or distinguish in thought.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become secerned.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin sēcernere, equivalent to sē- se- + cernere to sift (cf. discern)
Related forms
secernment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for secern

secern

/sɪˈsɜːn/
verb (transitive) (rare)
1.
(of a gland or follicle) to secrete
2.
to distinguish or discriminate
Derived Forms
secernment, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sēcernere to separate, from sē- apart + cernere to distinguish
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