discern

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /dɪˈsɜːn/
  • (US) IPA: /dɪˈsɝn/
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Verb[change]

Plain form
discern

Third-person singular
discerns

Past tense
discerned

Past participle
discerned

Present participle
discerning

  1. If you can discern a pattern, difference, or meaning you can notice, see, or identify it.
    It can be difficult to discern any pattern when there are so few examples.
    They were trying to discern whether anything had changed.
    His head was turned away so that she could not discern his features.

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