from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To discern as separate; discriminate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To discriminate, distinguish
  • v. To secrete

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To separate; to distinguish.
  • transitive v. To secrete.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To separate.
  • To distinguish.
  • In physiology, to secrete.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. mark as different


Latin sēcernere, to sever : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + cernere, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin secerno ("to sever"). (Wiktionary)


  • Now and again, one of them, flushed with triumph, would secern himself from his troupe, and would 'star' round the country for his livelihood.

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