discover

verb
dis·​cov·​er | \ di-ˈskə-vər \
discovered; discovering\ -​ˈskə-​v(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of discover

transitive verb

1a : to make known or visible : expose discovering himself … as her adoring and magnanimous lover— T. L. Peacock
b archaic : display
2a : to obtain sight or knowledge of for the first time : find discover the solution discovered a new Italian restaurant
b : find out discovered he was out of gas

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Other Words from discover

discoverable \ -​ˈkə-​v(ə-​)rə-​bəl \ adjective
discoverer \ -​ər-​ər \ noun

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discover, ascertain, determine, unearth, learn mean to find out what one did not previously know. discover may apply to something requiring exploration or investigation or to a chance encounter. discovered the source of the river ascertain implies effort to find the facts or the truth proceeding from awareness of ignorance or uncertainty. attempts to ascertain the population of the region determine emphasizes the intent to establish the facts definitely or precisely. unable to determine the origin of the word unearth implies bringing to light something forgotten or hidden. unearth old records learn may imply acquiring knowledge with little effort or conscious intention (as by simply being told) or it may imply study and practice. I learned her name only today learning Greek

Examples of discover in a Sentence

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.
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In the first episode, guests witnessed fawn-faced Eisley as 16-year-old Hodel, only just beginning to discover her family’s dark past. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine Attend The New York Premiere for TNT’s I Am The Night," 24 Jan. 2019 Although these caves are incredible sources for finding fossils, understanding how those fossils appear in their present locations—to be discovered and excavated by modern scientists—is anything but straightforward. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 Research supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has long explored new ways to hack or harness nature to discover more sustainable and efficient solutions to everyday energy challenges. Discover Magazine, "Energy to Burn," 20 Sep. 2018 John Rother President and CEO National Coalition on Health Care Washington Insulin isn’t the same now as when it was discovered a century ago. WSJ, "Would Drug Price Controls Kill Innovation?," 14 Jan. 2019 Most were elated–but not surprised– to discover that Joanna, who is the mother of five including a five-month-old baby boy, had no plans of slowing down. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Joanna Gaines’ New Book 'Homebody' Reminds Us Why There’s No Place Like Home," 8 Nov. 2018 The case started in February, when Stephen's former brother-in-law, Vaughn Ellison, discovered a hidden recording device while performing contracting work at Stephen's home in Monticello, where Stephen and his father own a local car dealership. Fox News, "Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says," 23 Oct. 2018 YouTube got beat up last year when people discovered, people’s a good question mark around that, or a good parenthetical around that, there were crummy ads on YouTube sometimes next to clean content. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why building a business that’s dependent on Facebook is ‘crazy’," 16 Aug. 2018 According to a statement from the Supreme Court, doctors discovered her cancerous nodes while undergoing routine care for her injury. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Voted on Trump's Asylum Reform From Her Hospital Bed," 23 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of discover

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for discover

Middle English, from Anglo-French descoverir, descovrir, from Late Latin discooperire, from Latin dis- + cooperire to cover — more at cover

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discover

verb

English Language Learners 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)

discover

verb
dis·​cov·​er | \ di-ˈskə-vər \
discovered; discovering

Kids Definition of discover

: to find out, see, or learn of especially for the first time : find Scientists have discovered a new species. She discovered a hole in her shirt.

Other Words from discover

discoverer noun

discover

transitive verb
dis·​cov·​er

Legal Definition of discover

1 : to find out about, recognize, or realize for the first time when the victim discovers the fraud — see also discovery rule
2a : to make the subject of discovery
b : to learn of or obtain (information) through discovery

Other Words from discover

discoverable adjective

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