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discerns, 3rd person singular present; discerned, past participle; discerned, past tense; discerning, present participle;
  1. Perceive or recognize (something)
    • - I can discern no difference between the two policies
    • - students quickly discern what is acceptable to the teacher
  2. Distinguish (someone or something) with difficulty by sight or with the other senses
    • - she could faintly discern the shape of a skull

  1. spot: 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"
  2. (discerning) having or revealing keen insight and good judgment; "a discerning critic"; "a discerning reader"
  3. (discerning) apprehensive: quick to understand; "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. 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
  5. To distinguish, discriminate and make balanced judgments.
  6. to seek the leading of the spirit in reaching a decision, often in a meeting for worship for business. Quakers love discernment about anything and everything and don’t use voting to reach a decision.
  7. (1) to see something that is not very clear or obvious; (2) to understand something that is not immediately obvious; (3) to be able to tell the difference between two or more things
  8. To separate, make a distinction, give judgment, be partial.
  9. verb | to perceive, detect | As nearly as could be discerned, the second traveller was about fifty years old. (p.101)