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discern

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He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
Samuel Smiles
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Etymology

From Old French discerner.

Verb

Infinitive
to discern

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to discern (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To detect with the senses, especially with the eyes.
  2. (transitive) To perceive, recognize, or comprehend with the mind; to descry.
  3. (transitive) To distinguish something as being different from something else; to differentiate.
    He was too young to discern right from wrong.
  4. (intransitive) To perceive differences.

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