May 26, 2020
discern (verb)
\dih-SERN\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to detect with the eyes : distinguish2 : to come to know, recognize, or understand
How do you use it?
"‘Give us, we beseech thee, wisdom to discern this evil, and power overcome it.'" (Katherine Paterson, _Bridge to Terabithia_)
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following words to you think is related to "discern"?

Congratulations if you discerned that B, "certain," shares a common ancestor with "discern." Both "discern" and "certain" trace back to the Latin word "cernere," meaning "to sift." "Discern" comes to us from the Latin word "discernere," which means "to separate" or "to distinguish between," and which was created from the root "cernere." Several other common words also come from this discerning family of words, including "concern" and "secret."
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