Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To discern as separate; discriminate.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To separate; to distinguish.
  • transitive verb (Physiol.) To secrete.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To discriminate, distinguish
  • verb medicine To secrete

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

  • verb mark as different

Etymologies

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin secerno ("to sever").

Examples

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

    Yet Again

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