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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?
See also: discern

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.
See also: and, discern
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This thinking can also be applied to discerning and using spiritual gifts.
Discerning readers of his first book already knew that, but any white author of black subjects has an odious tradition to live down.
Printed alongside striking reproductions were some of his most discerning remarks on photography, which made clear its weirdly disreputable position up until the '70s: photography "was a source of pleasure and joy which had been hidden from me, not only by myself, but by my mentors in the museum world, the dealing world and the world of scholarship.
The call to holiness must call all believers to bear responsibility for discerning moral obligations.
But the key common element is in discerning our visions together and taking steps to reach it.
Defendants behaved as the Inquisition's discerning "clients.
As the Catholic Church seeks ways to reach out to young men who might be interested in discerning a vocation to the priesthood, the Internet has become a top resource for this 18-24 year old demographic.
Teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime is a Taoist proverb often used by various religious leaders to define their task of teaching their flock how to be discerning.
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Enhanced with Notes and concluding with "Peace with God", Making Your Dreams Your Destiny is nicely organized into the following twelve sections: The Message of the Boxes; Daring to Dream; Your Spiritual Birthright; The Nurtured Heart; The Restored Heart; Embracing Change; Unfolding Vision; Discerning Your Passions; Defining Mission, Vision and Goals; Dream Thieves; Conquering Fear; and Run to Win.