Definition of discern verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    discern

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//dɪˈsərn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discern
     
    he / she / it discerns
     
    past simple discerned
     
     
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2(formal) to know, recognize, or understand something, especially something that is not obvious synonym detect discern something It is possible to discern a number of different techniques in her work. He discerned a certain coldness in their welcome. discern how, whether, etc… It is often difficult to discern how widespread public support is. discern that… I quickly discerned that something was wrong.
  3. 3discern something to see or hear something, but not very clearly synonym make out We could just discern the house in the distance.
discernible
 
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NAmE//dɪˈsərnəbl//
 
adjective synonym perceptible There is often no discernible difference between rival brands. His face was barely discernible in the gloom.
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