Thesaurus

discern

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of discern

1 to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes
  • barely able to discern the garden gate through the mist

Synonyms for discern

Words Related to discern

Phrases Synonymous with discern

Near Antonyms for discern

2 to understand or point out the difference in
  • too young to discern between right and wrong

Synonyms for discern

Words Related to discern

Near Antonyms for discern

Antonyms for discern

3 to have a clear idea of
  • we're still trying to discern the meaning of that cryptic remark

Synonyms for discern

Words Related to discern

Phrases Synonymous with discern

Near Antonyms for discern

Antonyms for discern

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About discern

Time Traveler for discern

Time Traveler

The first known use of discern was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Discern.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/discern. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on discern

Nglish: Translation of discern for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of discern for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!