What does the word discern mean?

Usage examples for discern

  1. Nor could I discern any ultimate tendency in them. – The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford by Mark Rutherford
  2. Juana had watched him from his cradle; she had studied his cries, his motions; she endeavored to discern his nature that she might educate him wisely. – Juana by Honore de Balzac