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 ?
When Doctor Mandelet dined with the Pontelliers on Thursday he could discern in Mrs.
More frequently, however, on ascending the steps, you would discern -- in the entry if it were summer time, or in their appropriate rooms if wintry or inclement weathers row of venerable figures, sitting in old-fashioned chairs, which were tipped on their hind legs back against the wall.
Suddenly some of the steam begins to advance, and, peering through it, you discern Aunt Elizabeth, Ona's stepmother--Teta Elzbieta, as they call her--bearing aloft a great platter of stewed duck.
To tell the truth, Phineas had been a hearty, two-fisted backwoodsman, a vigorous hunter, and a dead shot at a buck; but, having wooed a pretty Quakeress, had been moved by the power of her charms to join the society in his neighborhood; and though he was an honest, sober, and efficient member, and nothing particular could be alleged against him, yet the more spiritual among them could not but discern an exceeding lack of savor in his developments.
One could faintly discern the windows and chimneys, and a dull blur of lights.
There was no being displeased with such an encourager, for his admiration made him discern a likeness almost before it was possible.
By their uncertain light she thought she could discern it to be drawn by four horses; and this, while it told the excess of her poor mother's alarm, gave some explanation to such unexpected rapidity.
The glamour of inexperience is over your eyes," he answered; "and you see it through a charmed medium: you cannot discern that the gilding is slime and the silk draperies cobwebs; that the marble is sordid slate, and the polished woods mere refuse chips and scaly bark.
All I can discern is, that it will, to a dead certainty, turn one way or the other on the day when she passes Noel Vanstone's doors in disguise.
As it advanced, the mender of roads would discern without surprise, that it was a shaggy-haired man, of almost barbarian aspect, tall, in wooden shoes that were clumsy even to the eyes of a mender of roads, grim, rough, swart, steeped in the mud and dust of many highways, dank with the marshy moisture of many low grounds, sprinkled with the thorns and leaves and moss of many byways through woods.
This, and the resumption of my ring, as well as of the bear's grease in moderation, are the last marks I can discern, now, in my progress to seventeen.
Under the circumstances, I felt that Joe could hardly fail to discern in the pale young gentleman, an appropriate passenger to be put into the black velvet coach; therefore, I said nothing of him.