Synonyms for discern:

Sense 1

overhear, alight on, Mishear, misjudge.

Sense 2

pick up on, learn, SEE-IN.

Sense 3

identification, surprise, penetrate, feel.

Sense 4


Sense 5

remark, hear, note.

Sense 6

register, catch, read.

Sense 7

receive, pick up.

Sense 8



pick up on, descry, identify.




catch on.

look at




Other synonyms and related words:

conceive, tell, comprehend, cut, get by, get laid, blob, discover, secern, penetrate, DO, complete, mark, key out, contend, write out, realize, descry, make do, realise, cope, tell apart, be intimate, ascertain, greet, describe, twig, love, lie with, fleck, choose, remark, identify, espy, have it away, bed, read, bonk, make, select, hear, take, cognize, appreciate, spot, severalize, misjudge, learn, sleep with, deal, pick out, seize, do it, assimilate, bang, recognise, invent, Mishear, get it on, note, have it off, detect, manage, feel, identification, grapple, make love, get along, find out, decode, come, acknowledge, fill out, catch, recognition, notice, catch on, eff, intuit, accredit, apprehend, signalise, find, overhear, GROK, make out.

Sense 1 (noun)

notice, overhear, receive, hear, read, Mishear.

Sense 2 (noun)

find out, apprehend, ascertain.

Sense 3 (noun)

catch, detect.

Sense 4 (noun)

note, remark.

discern (noun)

make out, pick out, recognize, distinguish, recognise, tell apart.

catch sight of; recognize and understand (verb)

observe, espy, distinguish, make out, discover, pick out, secern, read, detect, perceive, behold, ascertain, discriminate, view, know, differentiate, spot, apprehend, severalize, remark, separate, note, find out, notice, descry.

discriminate (verb)

discriminate, separate, distinguish, differentiate.

know (verb)

grasp, recognize, understand, know, comprehend.

perception (verb)

recognize, recognise, tell apart, spot, make out, distinguish, pick out.

see (verb)

witness, glance, sight, behold, peek, regard, peer, gaze, stare, spy, glare, perceive, observe, watch, look, see, view, inspect, glimpse.

Usage examples for discern:

  • He led her even to examine her state of mind, and to discern the fancies from the feelings by which she was agitated. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  • Hence it behoved laws for a rein to place, Behoved a king to have, who at the least Of the true city should discern the tower. - "Divine-Comedy-Longfellow-s-Translation-Complete", Dante Alighieri.

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