- 1Recognize or find out: I can discern no difference between the two policies [with clause]: pupils quickly discern what is acceptable to the teacherMore example sentences
- With its limited focus upon a day where a number of important issues came to a head, incomplete or biased coverage could quickly be discerned.
- Between the two names, no effective difference can be discerned.
- In many cases, statistically significant differences could be discerned by participants.
- 1.1Distinguish (someone or something) with difficulty by sight or with the other senses: she could faintly discern the shape of a skullMore example sentences
- Only those with dyslexia had difficulty discerning the beat in continuous sounds containing sudden rises and falls in loudness, as in such speech transitions as sweet.
- Her feline sensitive ears could discern a distinct cry coming from each man's mouth.
- A laugh, golden and delicious, floated up to him on the breeze and he leaned over the railing, peering down and faintly discerning the hedge wall of the royal garden beneath him.
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- Instead, it was an opportunity for us to not only be passive receivers of news product but discerners of true knowledge.
- Instead of a passive receiver of information, the viewer is engaged as a highly activated questioner and discerner of aesthetic relationships.
- He, who is satisfied through the Guru grace, becomes the discerner of the Guru's word.
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin discernere, from dis- 'apart' + cernere 'to separate'.