secern


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se·cern

 (sĭ-sûrn′)
tr.v. se·cerned, se·cern·ing, se·cerns
To discern as separate; discriminate.

[Latin sēcernere, to sever : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + cernere, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

se·cern′ment n.

secern

(sɪˈsɜːn)
vb (tr)
1. (Physiology) (of a gland or follicle) to secrete
2. to distinguish or discriminate
[C17: from Latin sēcernere to separate, from sē- apart + cernere to distinguish]
seˈcernment n

se•cern

(sɪˈsɜrn)

v.t.
to discriminate or distinguish in thought.
[1620–30; < Latin sēcernere=sē- se- + cernere to sift]
se•cern′ment, n.

secern


Past participle: secerned
Gerund: secerning

Imperative
secern
secern
Present
I secern
you secern
he/she/it secerns
we secern
you secern
they secern
Preterite
I secerned
you secerned
he/she/it secerned
we secerned
you secerned
they secerned
Present Continuous
I am secerning
you are secerning
he/she/it is secerning
we are secerning
you are secerning
they are secerning
Present Perfect
I have secerned
you have secerned
he/she/it has secerned
we have secerned
you have secerned
they have secerned
Past Continuous
I was secerning
you were secerning
he/she/it was secerning
we were secerning
you were secerning
they were secerning
Past Perfect
I had secerned
you had secerned
he/she/it had secerned
we had secerned
you had secerned
they had secerned
Future
I will secern
you will secern
he/she/it will secern
we will secern
you will secern
they will secern
Future Perfect
I will have secerned
you will have secerned
he/she/it will have secerned
we will have secerned
you will have secerned
they will have secerned
Future Continuous
I will be secerning
you will be secerning
he/she/it will be secerning
we will be secerning
you will be secerning
they will be secerning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been secerning
you have been secerning
he/she/it has been secerning
we have been secerning
you have been secerning
they have been secerning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been secerning
you will have been secerning
he/she/it will have been secerning
we will have been secerning
you will have been secerning
they will have been secerning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been secerning
you had been secerning
he/she/it had been secerning
we had been secerning
you had been secerning
they had been secerning
Conditional
I would secern
you would secern
he/she/it would secern
we would secern
you would secern
they would secern
Past Conditional
I would have secerned
you would have secerned
he/she/it would have secerned
we would have secerned
you would have secerned
they would have secerned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.secern - mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple"
know - be able to distinguish, recognize as being different; "The child knows right from wrong"
identify, place - recognize as being; establish the identity of someone or something; "She identified the man on the 'wanted' poster"
discriminate, know apart - recognize or perceive the difference
label - distinguish (an element or atom) by using a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass for tracing through chemical reactions
label - distinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom
sex - tell the sex (of young chickens)
individualise, individualize - make or mark or treat as individual; "The sounds were individualized by sharpness and tone"
contrast - put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; "The middle school teacher contrasted her best student's work with that of her weakest student"
severalise, severalize - distinguish or separate
contradistinguish - distinguish by contrasting qualities
decouple, dissociate - regard as unconnected; "you must dissociate these two events!"; "decouple our foreign policy from ideology"
demarcate - separate clearly, as if by boundaries
discriminate, single out, separate - treat differently on the basis of sex or race
stratify - divide society into social classes or castes; "Income distribution often stratifies a society"