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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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At 13, 16, and 24 months of age, they scored higher on age-appropriate vocabulary and grammar tests than did children who hadn't discerned the sound change as quickly, the investigators report in the July-Aug.
So we face a dilemma: the Scriptures must be properly bound or loosed if God's will is to be discerned, but the Scriptures are often bound when they should be loosed, and loosed when they should be bound, with the result that God's will is not discerned.
Tests discerned that the blob had a semipermeable membrane across which diffused chemicals that reacted inside the cell.
Emerging from this survey of Matthean texts are the potentially contradictory notions that (a) the scriptures must be properly bound and loosed if God's will is to be discerned and obeyed, but that (b) the scriptures are often bound when they should be loosed, and loosed when they should be bound, with the result that God's will is not discerned or obeyed.
They discerned four individual supernovas within Source A, none of which was more than 10 to 20 years old.
In 1944, Viennese pediatrician Hans Asperger discerned that some autistic children are high functioning.
The precision with which Hubble discerned the motion of the two dim, closely orbiting bodies that make up 1998 W-W31 enabled Veillet's team to estimate the binary system's total mass: It's about one-five-thousandth as heavy as Pluto and its moon Charon, which some astronomers believe are escapees from the Kuiper belt.
On nearby land, geologists have discerned the outline of a former bay that has filled with silt since the conflict.
Astronomers more than a century ago dubbed such gaseous structures planetary nebulae because their disk like shape, as discerned in the telescopes of the day, reminded the researchers of planets.
Using the same apparatus, another eight participants discerned the dimensions of vibrating steel, wood, and Plexiglas plates.