- 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
- 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.
- 3discern something to see or hear something, but not very clearly synonym make out We could just discern the house in the distance.
NAmE//dɪˈsərn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discern
he / she / it discerns
past simple discerned
discerniblejump to other results
NAmE//dɪˈsərnəbl//adjective synonym perceptible There is often no discernible difference between rival brands. His face was barely discernible in the gloom.