Definitions for discern
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spot, recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apartverb
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.
Etymology: From discernen, from discerner, from discernere, from dis- + cernere; see certain.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: discerno, Latin.
And behold among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths a young man void of understanding. Prov. vii. 7.
What doth better become wisdom than to discern what is worthy the loving? Philip Sidney, b. ii.
Does any here know me? This is not Lear:
Does Lear walk thus, speak thus? Where are his eyes?
Either his motion weakens, or his discernings
Are lethargied. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
You should be rul’d and led
By some discretion, that discerns your state
Better than you yourself. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
To discern such buds as are fit to produce blossoms, from such as will display themselves but in leaves, is no difficult matter. Boyle.
They follow virtue for reward, to-day;
To-morrow vice, if she give better pay:
We are so good, or bad, just at a price;
For nothing else discerns the virtue or vice. Ben Jonson.
To make distinction.
Great part of the country was abandoned to the spoils of the soldiers, who not troubling themselves to discern between a subject and a rebel, whilst their liberty lasted, made indifferently profit of both. John Hayward.
The custom of arguing on any side, even against our persuasions, dims the understanding, and makes it by degrees lose the faculty of discerning between truth and falshood. John Locke.
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Discern is a verb which means to perceive, recognize, or distinguish something, often requiring careful thought or attention. It can also refer to the ability to judge something well.
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
Once in Syria, it is very difficult to discern what happens there, this lack of clarity remains troubling.
We're beginning to discern a ... mindset on the island that the government is weighing the interest of investors against the economic interest of the island.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.
Genius - To know without having learned to draw just conclusions from unknown premises to discern the soul of things.
It's important to hear and actually try to discern the heart of a candidate, i want to know their moral compass, their core values, are the same as my members.
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- забелязвам, разпознавам, съзирам, различавамBulgarian
- wahrnehmen, erkennenGerman
- discernir, vislumbrar, percibirSpanish
- huomata, nähdä, erottaa, havaitaFinnish
- देख लेनाHindi
- 식별하다, 인지하다Korean
- rozróżniać, dostrzegać, zauważyć, rozróżnić, dostrzec, zauważaćPolish
- percepe, discerneRomanian
- распознава́ть, различа́ть, распозна́ть, различи́тьRussian
- zbadať, rozoznať, uvedomiť si, pochopiť, rozlíšiť, všimnúť si, spozorovať, odlíšiť, postrehnúťSlovak
- urskilja, skilja, se skillnad påSwedish
- سمجھتے ہیںUrdu
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