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discern between someone or something and someone or something

to detect the difference between people and things. I cannot discern between the dark trees and the dark sky behind them. I cannot discern between the person and the background.
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discern someone or something from something (else)

to detect the difference between someone or something and something else. I can hardly discern Tom from the busy background in this picture. I can't discern anything from that cluttered scene.
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discern something from someone or something

to learn or determine something from someone or something. We discerned a lot from the eyewitnesses. We discerned a lot from our discussions with the past president.
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Dans un premier temps, une classification des valeurs des indices unigroupes permet de discerner quatre types de situations segregatives (tableau 9).
Nous pouvons discerner trois conditions au moins a remplir pour garantir l'authenticite democratique d'un parlement:
26: "E per cio che io veggio non quello avvenire che essi procacciono, ma continuamente la vostra religione aumentarsi e piu lucida e piu chiara divenire, meritamente mi par discerner lo Spirito Santo esser d'essa, sl come di vera e di santa piu che alcun' altra, fondamento e sostegno.
We will then be in a better position to reconsider what it is that makes our actions moral and how the morality of our actions is related to [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] in its role as the discerner of practical truth.
Les resultats par categorie sont plus difficiles it discerner que d'habitude.
Certes, il existe des differences individuelles, mais quelles que soient les capacites de chacun a discerner chez autrui ses besoins en face et a y repondre, le maintien de la face sera plus facile en situation intraculturelle qu'interculturelle, que ce soit pour la sienne ou pour celle de l'autre.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews says that "the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Cette etude explore comment une ethique de relation permet aux femmes de discerner leurs manieres d'etablir un triple rapport a soi, aux autres, au cosmos.
Discerner - assessing others and understanding how he or she is being perceived, as well as the events in the environment.
The nine stories in Olive Senior's collection Discerner of Hearts are set in Jamaica, from the colonial period to the present day.
Et sans doute pourrait-on discerner dans son developpement des phases allant de l'autorite quasi exclusive de la compagnie a la mise en place d'une petite bourgeoisie municipale.
But rather than play discerner and enforcer, OMB has played spoiler.
Il s'agit egalement de permettre a ces futures generations de comprendre, a-t-il ajoute, [beaucoup moins que] le message de novembre, de discerner ses dimensions et sa noblesse, (.
On a egalement vu des clients de plus en plus connaisseurs et ayant beaucoup d'acuite pour discerner les oeuvres d'art et les artistes.
Il faut donc trouver une autre formule qui exprime exactement les limites necessaires de la responsabilite des fautes, et qui permette de discerner surement si une faute est en relation de cause a effet avec l'accident qu'on pretend en etre la consequence.