discern

verb
  1. to know, recognize or understand sth, especially sth that is not obvious // It is possible to discern a number of different techniques in her work. // He discerned a certain coldness in their welcome. // It is often difficult to discern how widespread public support is.
  2. to see or hear sth, but not very clearly // We could just discern the house in the distance. > discernible adjective: // There is often no discernible difference between rival brands. // His face was barely discernible in the gloom.

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