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English definition of “discern”

discern

verb [T]     /dɪˈsɜːn/ formal
to see or recognize somethingUsing the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptiveKnowledge and awareness
discernible adjective There was no discernible difference between them.
(Definition of discern verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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