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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to detect)
a. discernir
After three full days of walking through the desert, I discerned on the horizon what looked like the ancient city of Luxor.Después de tres días completos de caminar por el desierto, discerní en el horizonte lo que parecía ser la antigua ciudad de Luxor.
We were able to discern a strange figure moving in the darkness.Logramos discernir una figura rara moviéndose en la oscuridad.
b. apreciar
If you look at the butterfly with a magnifying glass, you'll be able to discern a distinct pattern.Si miras la mariposa con una lupa, lograrás apreciar un dibujo definido.
c. percibir
Although they told us that they were fine, we could discern that something was wrong.Aunque nos dijeron que todo estaba bien, podíamos percibir que algo andaba mal.
d. distinguir
The lookout told us that he discerned a small boat on the horizon.El centinela nos dijo que distinguía un pequeño barco en el horizonte.
2. (to differentiate)
a. distinguir
I'm colorblind so I can't discern the difference between these two shades of red.Soy daltónico, por lo que no puedo distinguir entre estos dos tonos de rojo.
b. discernir
You and your brother look so much alike that it's hard to discern one from the other.Tú y tu hermano se parecen tanto que es difícil discernir uno del otro.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. distinguir, apreciar
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discern [dɪˈsɜːn]
transitive verb
1 (see) distinguir
I discerned the house in the distance he discerns the outline of the island he had been aiming for she could not discern anyone on the boat he could discern the approaching figure only as a patch of blackness He could discern the individual blades of grass on the black shore
2 (taste, smell) distinguir; apreciar
I discerned a slight hint of garlic
3 (detect) [+problem, mistake] localizar; [+sb's intentions] discernir
two major trends may be discerned se pueden distinguir dos tendencias fundamentales
Haig could discern no consistent policy for the direction of the war an educator who limits his role to discerning and correcting his students' mistakes there were none missing that I could discern investigators hope to discern what kind of bomb was used They're trying to discern Jefferson's intent
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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