Simple Definition of discover
: to see, find, or become aware of (something) for the first time
: to show the presence of (something hidden or difficult to see) : to make (something) known
: to learn or find out (something surprising or unexpected)
Full Definition of discover
dis·cov·ereddis·cov·er·ing play \-ˈkə-v(ə-)riŋ\
Examples of discover
Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492.
Several new species of plants have recently been discovered.
It took her several weeks to discover the solution.
The tests have discovered problems in the current design.
She soon discovered what had been going on.
Origin of discover
Middle English, from Anglo-French descoverir, descovrir, from Late Latin discooperire, from Latin dis- + cooperire to cover — more at cover
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of discover
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