dis·cern /dɪˈsɝn, ˈzɚ/
Dis·cern, v. i.
1. To see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood.
More than sixscore thousand that cannot discern between their right hand their left. --Jonah iv. 11.
2. To make cognizance. [Obs.]
Dis·cern v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discerned p. pr. & vb. n. Discerning.]
1. To see and identify by noting a difference or differences; to note the distinctive character of; to discriminate; to distinguish.
To discern such buds as are fit to produce blossoms. --Boyle.
A counterfeit stone which thine eye can not discern from a right stone. --Robynson (More's Utopia).
2. To see by the eye or by the understanding; to perceive and recognize; as, to discern a difference.
And [I] beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding. --Prov. vii. 7.
Our unassisted sight . . . is not acute enough to discern the minute texture of visible objects. --Beattie.
I wake, and I discern the truth. --Tennyson.
Syn: -- To perceive; distinguish; discover; penetrate; discriminate; espy; descry; detect. See Perceive.
v : detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked
out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I
can't make out the faces in this photograph" [syn: recognize,
recognise, distinguish, pick out, make out, tell