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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, between, discern
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Discerning God's Will Together does well what it intends to do: make a case that Anabaptist ecclesiology and Anabaptist hermeneutics are inextricably linked.
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With seven sections, he has created, he says, "seven different ways to dance." Shen Wei edits movement with the discerning eye of a painter--which he also is.
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