se·​cern si-ˈsərn How to pronounce secern (audio)
secerned; secerning; secerns

transitive verb

: to discriminate in thought : distinguish

Word History


Latin secernere to separate — more at secret

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of secern was in 1604

Dictionary Entries Near secern

Cite this Entry

“Secern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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