DISCERN, v.t. s as z. [L., to separate or distinguish, Gr.]1. To separate by the eye, or by the understanding. Hence,2. To distinguish; to see the difference between two or more things; to discriminate; as, to discern the blossom-buds from the leaf-buds of plants.Discern thou what is thine--Genesis 31.3. To make the difference.For nothing else discerns the virtue or the vice.4. To discover; to see; to distinguish by the eye.I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding. Proverbs 7.5. To discover by the intellect; to distinguish; hence, to have knowledge of; to judge.So is my lord the king to discern good and bad. 2 Samuel 14.A wise mans heart discerneth time and judgment. Ecclesiastes 8.
DISCERN, v.i. 1. To see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood.2. To have judicial cognizance.