how to pronounce discern


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discern is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of discern in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… to detect faces and discern emotions to …”

meanings of discern


  1. To perceive differences.
  2. To perceive, recognize, or comprehend with the mind; to descry.
  3. To detect with the senses, especially with the eyes.
  4. To distinguish something as being different from something else; to differentiate.

discern frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word discern occurs in english on average 2.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics discern can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that discern can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

3) people, society, and culture;

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