discover


discover

verb

Definition of DISCOVER

1
to come to an awareness of <I was startled to discover that my keys were missing>
Synonyms ascertain, catch on (to), find out, get on (to), hear, learn, realize, see, wise (up)
Related Words hit (on or upon), tumble (to); descry, detect, encounter, espy, see, spot; calculate, dope (out), figure out, find, puzzle (out); discern, mind, note, observe, perceive; divine
Phrases get wind of
2
to come upon after searching, study, or effort <we hope to discover the real reason for his odd behavior>
Synonyms ascertain, descry, detect, determine, dig out, dig up, discover, dredge (up), ferret (out), find out, get, hit (on or upon), hunt (down or up), learn, locate, nose out, root (out), rout (out), rummage, run down, scare up, scout (up), track (down), turn up
Related Words espy, sight, spot; look for, search (for or out), seek
Near Antonyms lose, mislay, misplace, misset
3
to make known (as information previously kept secret) <discovered to his friend how people whom he had trusted had betrayed him>

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