Definition of discern
- discerned a figure approaching through the fog
- discerned a strange odor
- unable to discern his motives
The reasons behind this sudden change are difficult to discern.
barely able to discern the garden gate through the mist
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'discern.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, comprehend, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, get, grasp, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, understand;
pick up on;
What made you want to look up discern? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Confusing Words—A Quiz