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discern (someone or something) from (someone or something)

1. To recognize the differences between people or things. I have a hard time discerning Jim from Greg, but they are identical twins after all. You can discern hydrangea from phlox by looking at their leaves.
2. To gain information from someone or something. Her message was so cryptic that I couldn't discern anything from it—do you know what's going on?
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discern between (someone or something) and (someone or something)

To recognize the differences between people or things. I have a hard time discerning between Jim and Greg, but they are identical twins after all. You can discern between hydrangea and phlox by looking at their leaves.
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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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The DISCERN instrument is a validated, 16-item questionnaire created by researchers at Oxford University in the United Kingdom to determine the quality of written health information.
The suite of DISCERN methodologies and tools have proven to be of great value in supporting knowledge sharing between all stakeholders.
What we found is that if you crank up the learning rate in DISCERN high enough, it produces language abnormalities that suggest schizophrenia.
Almost all the contributions employ redaction criticism to discern how editors struggled to resolve contradictions in the text and reinterpret material for their own ends.
All it would take for investors, he seems to suggest, is to discern which style a CEO has and invest (or bail) accordingly.
For Karl Barth, it is the work of church dogmatics to discern if and when proclamation or witness is authentic and which particular cultural and political behaviors count as authentic testimonial performances.
Thomas Aquinas stated that "the light of natural reason whereby we discern good from evil, which is the function of the natural law, is nothing else but an imprint of the divine light.
Inquiry, exploration and valuing were elements of the appreciative inquiry process used in this year's Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) Leadership Advisory Council to discern the strengths of Extension and its personnel and to help envision a vital future that builds on those strengths.
Whereas it therefore is necessary for the people to be represented by others, preferably the rich and wellborn, who possess greater wisdom to discern what needs to be discerned;
We, as the people of God, strive to continue in the apostles' teaching, and are being asked to discern God's will for God's church," said Archbishop Finlay.
3] Just as Eli had helped Samuel discern his call and vocation, young Samuel then helped his mentor Eli understand God's will and work in Eli's life.
So much of the story of the writings of the early Christians--which ones made it into the canon of sacred scripture and which ones didn't--illustrates the need on the part of the faithful in the early church to have a dialogue about and discern the issues.
A writer who integrates these criteria is bound to strengthen both the aims and the authority of a reconsideration that enables a reader to measure and to discern the deeper values of an essay intent on providing a critical overview of a particular subject and at the same time establishing its enduring significance in relation to contemporary social, political, intellectual, religious, and economic conditions and circumstances.
To be sure, there are many Christians who don't believe that's the purpose of the Catholic Church or its bishops - they're called Protestants, and they try to discern God's will without the Church's authority.