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Another word for discern

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Verb
  1. To perceive and fix the identity of, especially with difficulty

    See also:

    see

  2. To perceive, especially barely or fleetingly

    See also:

    see

  3. To perceive with a special effort of the senses or the mind

    See also:

    see

    knowledge

  4. To recognize as being different

    See also:

    same

Another word for discern

Synonym Study

  • Observe and notice both connote some measure of attentiveness, though the former may imply a more conscious act of will, and both usually suggest use of the sense of sight to observe an eclipse, to notice a sign
  • Distinguish implies perceiving clearly or distinctly by sight, hearing, etc. he distinguished the voices of men down the hall
  • Perceive implies recognition by means of any of the senses, and, with reference to mental apprehension, often implies keen understanding or insight to perceive a change in attitude
  • Discern implies a making out or recognizing of something visually or mentally to discern one's motives