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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.]
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]
to discriminate or distinguish in thought.
[1620–30; < Latin sēcernere=sē- se- + cernere to sift]
Past participle: secerned
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|Verb||1.||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"
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"
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
stratify - divide society into social classes or castes; "Income distribution often stratifies a society"