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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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En effet, cela a permis de discerner a la fois la valeur contemporaine pour le public qui etait << temoin >>, par la lecture des recits oraux, tout autant que de prendre la mesure de la tradition dans laquelle ces derniers s'inseraient, alors relies a l'institution catholique.
That thread is Homo economicus: Mandeville's wealth-generating hedonist, Smith's discerner of his own good, and Pareto's utility maximizer are prefigured in Hobbesian man.
The word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword - and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Le lecteur saura discerner les fortes influences de Lon Fuller et, a un degre moindre, de Jean Carbonnier.
Cet article examine les nombreuses contradictions de la legislation en matiere de sante mentale au Canada et tente de discerner des moyens de reorienter le politique generale du gouvernement.
Le croisement de ces deux recherches a contribue a consolider les deux volets grace aux efforts partages afin de discerner la signification des technologies dans la vie et la societe.
Une imaginaire en constante evolution dont il reste a caracteriser de maniere plus precise les structures et les mouvements, meme si on peut discerner assez precisement des phases caracteristiques : le reve de la relation et l'ordre de la surveillance, l'ideologie du One-to-one et l'utopie de la connaissance client, la chimere du social et la doctrine du web2.
1), avec le passage du temps, il est possible de discerner les origines du mouvement qui ne pouvaient pas etre entierement articulees alors qu'il etait en cours.
Cependant, il faut discerner, dans l'abandon des referents maghrebins, ce qui releve d'un choix parental d'identification au groupe majoritaire de ce qui releve de la prevention de la stigmatisation que pourrait subir l'enfant.
This subtle interaction between the inner realms explored by Symbolism and the outer realities claimed by Realism is encapsulated by Gorceix's observation concerning the later poetry of Rodenbach, in which 'on ne peut plus discerner dans son poeme, si c'est lime qui anime les choses ou si inversement ce sont les choses qui retentissent sur son ame' (p.
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Rubens, Pedro, Discerner la foi clans des contextes religieux ambigus: Enjeux d'une theologie du croire.
If he answers, "I did, and normally I'd mention it to the waiter, but I'm here because of the job, not because of the food,' he reveals himself to be a discerner (good at setting priorities, quick at sorting the important from the superfluous and knows how to act appropriately in each situation).
Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Discerner of Hearts.