discern


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dis·cern

 (dĭ-sûrn′)
tr.v. dis·cerned, dis·cern·ing, dis·cerns
1. To perceive with the eyes; detect or distinguish: discern a figure in the shadows.
2. To recognize or understand as being distinct or different: Researchers finally discerned the purpose of the gene. See Synonyms at see1.

[Middle English discernen, from Old French discerner, from Latin discernere, to separate : dis-, apart; see dis- + cernere, to perceive; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·cern′er n.

discern

(dɪˈsɜːn)
vb
1. (tr) to recognize or perceive clearly
2. to recognize or perceive (differences)
[C14: from Old French discerner, from Latin discernere to divide, from dis-1 (apart) + cernere to separate]
disˈcerner n

dis•cern

(dɪˈsɜrn, -ˈzɜrn)

v.t.
1. to perceive by the sight or other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend.
2. to distinguish mentally; discriminate: to discern right from wrong.
v.i.
3. to distinguish or discriminate.
[1300–50; < Latin discernere to separate =dis- dis-1 + cernere to separate]
dis•cern′er, n.
dis•cern′i•ble, dis•cern′a•ble, adj.
syn: See notice.

discern


Past participle: discerned
Gerund: discerning

Imperative
discern
discern
Present
I discern
you discern
he/she/it discerns
we discern
you discern
they discern
Preterite
I discerned
you discerned
he/she/it discerned
we discerned
you discerned
they discerned
Present Continuous
I am discerning
you are discerning
he/she/it is discerning
we are discerning
you are discerning
they are discerning
Present Perfect
I have discerned
you have discerned
he/she/it has discerned
we have discerned
you have discerned
they have discerned
Past Continuous
I was discerning
you were discerning
he/she/it was discerning
we were discerning
you were discerning
they were discerning
Past Perfect
I had discerned
you had discerned
he/she/it had discerned
we had discerned
you had discerned
they had discerned
Future
I will discern
you will discern
he/she/it will discern
we will discern
you will discern
they will discern
Future Perfect
I will have discerned
you will have discerned
he/she/it will have discerned
we will have discerned
you will have discerned
they will have discerned
Future Continuous
I will be discerning
you will be discerning
he/she/it will be discerning
we will be discerning
you will be discerning
they will be discerning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been discerning
you have been discerning
he/she/it has been discerning
we have been discerning
you have been discerning
they have been discerning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been discerning
you will have been discerning
he/she/it will have been discerning
we will have been discerning
you will have been discerning
they will have been discerning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been discerning
you had been discerning
he/she/it had been discerning
we had been discerning
you had been discerning
they had been discerning
Conditional
I would discern
you would discern
he/she/it would discern
we would discern
you would discern
they would discern
Past Conditional
I would have discerned
you would have discerned
he/she/it would have discerned
we would have discerned
you would have discerned
they would have discerned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.discern - 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"
resolve - make clearly visible; "can this image be resolved?"
discriminate - distinguish; "I could not discriminate the different tastes in this complicated dish"

discern

verb
1. distinguish, determine, detect, discriminate, pick out, differentiate, make a distinction We've been trying to discern a pattern in his behaviour.
2. see, perceive, make out, notice, observe, recognize, behold, catch sight of, suss (out) (slang), espy, descry Under the bridge we could just discern a shadowy figure.

discern

verb
1. To perceive and fix the identity of, especially with difficulty:
2. To perceive, especially barely or fleetingly:
3. To perceive with a special effort of the senses or the mind:
4. To recognize as being different:
Translations
يَرى بِوَضوح، يُدْرِك
poznatrozeznat
erkendeopdageopfatte
erottaahavaita
sjá, átta sig á
įžiūrėtipastebėti
atšķirtieraudzītsaskatīt
明眼人辨认出

discern

[dɪˈsɜːn] VT
1. (= see) → distinguir
2. (= taste, smell) → distinguir, apreciar
3. (= detect) [+ problem, mistake] → localizar; [+ sb's intentions] → discernir
two major trends may be discernedse pueden distinguir dos tendencias fundamentales

discern

[dɪˈsɜːrn] vt
(= see) [+ shape, outline, figure] → discerner, distinguer
(= identify) [+ trend, pattern] → discerner

discern

vt (with senses) → wahrnehmen; (mentally) → erkennen; he was too young to discern right from wronger war zu jung, um Recht von Unrecht unterscheiden zu können

discern

[dɪˈsɜːn] vt (frm) → distinguere, discernere

discern

(diˈsəːn) verb
to see or realize; to notice. We could discern from his appearance that he was upset.
References in classic literature ?
If they discern any evidences of wrong- going in any direction that I have indicated, they will acknowledge that I had reason in what I wrote.
But how did that old man, alone, in opposition to the general opinion, so truly discern the importance of the people's view of the events that in all his activity he was never once untrue to it?
It requires no skill in the science of war to discern that uniformity in the organization and discipline of the militia would be attended with the most beneficial effects, whenever they were called into service for the public defense.
Prostrating myself mentally before my Guide, I cried, "How is it, O divine ideal of consummate loveliness and wisdom that I see thy inside, and yet cannot discern thy heart, thy lungs, thy arteries, thy liver?
All this I could now SEE, not merely infer; and as we came nearer and nearer, I could discern even the contents of my cabinet, and the two chests of gold, and the tablets of which the Sphere had made mention.
To learn and discern of his brother the clod, Of his brother the brute, and his brother the God.
Hence it arises that Ills abound, for they come not one by one, but in troops, and by no means singly: while the Goods proceed from Jupiter, and are given, not alike to all, but singly, and separately; and one by one to those who are able to discern them.
But the scanty wisdom of man, on entering into an affair which looks well at first, cannot discern the poison that is hidden in it, as I have said above of hectic fevers.
I, whom you behold in these black garments of the priesthood -- I, who ascend the sacred desk, and turn my pale face heavenward, taking upon myself to hold communion in your behalf with the Most High Omniscience -- I, in whose daily life you discern the sanctity of Enoch -- I, whose footsteps, as you suppose, leave a gleam along my earthly track, whereby the Pilgrims that shall come after me may be guided to the regions of the blest -- I, who have laid the hand of baptism upon your children -- I, who have breathed the parting prayer over your dying friends, to whom the Amen sounded faintly from a world which they had quitted -- I, your pastor, whom you so reverence and trust, am utterly a pollution and a lie
And if it come so to pass, in that distance of judgment, which is between man and man, shall we not think that God above, that knows the heart, doth not discern that frail men, in some of their contradictions, intend the same thing; and accepteth of both?
Now we are never at a loss to discern this in women about forty; for as such grave, serious, and experienced ladies well know their own meaning, so it is always very easy for a man of the least sagacity to discover it with the utmost certainty.
If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through his appointed time, he now wills to remove, and that he gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him?