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Definition to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
  • The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = notice or see (something that is not obvious)
  • The study measured the ability of various age groups to discern slanted news reports.
  • discern = notice or see (something that is not obvious)
  • In the novel, she sees through his friendly facade and discerns his evil intent.
  • discerns = understands
  • The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
    Martin Luther King Jr.
  • discerns = notices or understands (something that is not obvious)
  • It was impossible to discern clear facial features, but he was certain it was a woman;
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • discern = see (with difficulty)
  • And how confident are you in your ability to discern what indeed is good for you, or what is evil?
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • discern = notice or understand (something that is not obvious)
  • Harry was staring unblinkingly ahead of him, trying to discern shapes through the gloom...
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • discern = make out (see or notice something not easy to see)
  • ...after a while, Kate discerned a pattern in their arrivals and departures.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • discerned = to notice something that is not obvious
  • It was an old model Ford, long and wide, a dark color I couldn't discern in the moon light.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • discern = distinguish (to notice or understand something that is not obvious)
  • He discerned fright in that tumult.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • discerned = noticed
  • Atticus kept us in fits that evening, gravely reading columns of print about a man who sat on a flagpole for no discernible reason, which was reason enough for Jem to spend the following Saturday aloft in the treehouse.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • discernible = understandable
  • He looked stealthily at his companions, feeling sure that they must discern in his face evidences of this pursuit.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • discern = notice
  • as I discern, It burneth in the Capels' monument.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • discern = to see something that is not obvious
  • he could but dimly discern the others who were brought there
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • discern = see
  • Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • discern = understand (something that is not obvious)
  • There was, discernible in the letter, a slight anti-foreign bias
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • discernible = possible to notice or understand
  • He sniffed again but could not make it out; there was a cat odor in the rug, he realized, past which it was impossible to discern anything.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • discern = to notice
  • Disguised he came; but those his children dear
    Their parent soon discerned, though in disguise.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • discerned = noticed something that is not obvious
  • Hatsue studied the photograph for a long time, particularly Kabuo's eyes and mouth, to see what she might discern there.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • discern = notice or understand (that is not obvious)
  • Its wandering and wild glances fell at this moment upon the head of the bed, over which the face of its master, rigid with horror, was just discernible.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
discernible = possible to see

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