spot, recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apart(verb)
detect with the senses
"The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
To detect with the senses, especially with the eyes.
To perceive, recognize, or comprehend with the mind; to descry.
To distinguish something as being different from something else; to differentiate.
To perceive differences.
Origin: From discernen, from discerner, from discernere, from dis- + cernere; see certain.
to see and identify by noting a difference or differences; to note the distinctive character of; to discriminate; to distinguish
to see by the eye or by the understanding; to perceive and recognize; as, to discern a difference
to see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood
to make cognizance
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
diz-ėrn′, v.t. to distinguish clearly by the eye or understanding: to judge (sometimes with between).—n. Discern′er.—adj. Discern′ible.—adv. Discern′ibly.—p.adj. Discern′ing, discriminating, acute.—n. Discern′ment, power or faculty of discriminating: judgment: acuteness. [L. discern˘ere—dis, thoroughly, and cernĕre, to sift, perceive.]
The numerical value of discern in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of discern in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Maturity is the ability to discern the ignorant without discussing them.
When he has ceased to hear the many, he may discern the One - the inner sound which kills the outer.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of being.
Once in Syria, it is very difficult to discern what happens there, this lack of clarity remains troubling.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
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Translations for discern
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- различавам, съзирам, забелязвам, разпознавамBulgarian
- erkennen, wahrnehmenGerman
- discernir, vislumbrar, percibirSpanish
- huomata, havaita, erottaa, nähdäFinnish
- 인지하다, 식별하다Korean
- dostrzec, zauważać, rozróżnić, dostrzegać, rozróżniać, zauważyćPolish
- percepe, discerneRomanian
- распознава́ть, различи́ть, различа́ть, распозна́тьRussian
- rozoznať, uvedomiť si, rozlíšiť, spozorovať, odlíšiť, zbadať, postrehnúť, všimnúť si, pochopiťSlovak
- urskilja, se skillnad på, skiljaSwedish
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