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used in 1776

2 uses
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to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
  • It was a fog so thick, remembered a soldier, that one "could scarcely discern a man at six yards distance."
    p. 191.2
  • If there are spots on his character, they are like the spots on the sun, only discernible by the magnifying powers of a telescope.
    p. 290.6

There are no more uses of "discern" in 1776.

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