discover

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

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 \ di-​ˈskə-​v(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce discoverable (audio) \ adjective
discoverer \ di-​ˈskə-​vər-​ər How to pronounce discoverer (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Though it was first met with quite a bit of skepticism, builders and homeowners soon discovered that plastic-laminate flooring was extremely durable, highly stain-resistant, affordable, and quick and easy to install. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Steps for Installing Laminate Flooring," 8 Dec. 2019 But Michigan discovered that the formula for neutralizing the pass rusher was consistency. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Why Chase Young’s dropoff in statistical production the last two games is a good thing," 8 Dec. 2019 But two months after the statue was unveiled, Lisowski's family discovered that the statue was vandalized. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The 18-year-old man convicted of vandalizing Da Crusher statue is sentenced to a year of probation," 8 Dec. 2019 Along the way, participants discover how winter affects Crater Lake and the park’s plants and animals. Rob Davis | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Crater Lake National Park free snowshoeing tours start for 2019-20 season," 8 Dec. 2019 California Academy of Sciences researchers discovered 71 new animal and plant species in 2019. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Scientists discovered 71 new species this year. Here are some of their favorites," 7 Dec. 2019 Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "'He was just a little kid’: Boy, 5, killed in family crossfire outside Birmingham apartment complex," 7 Dec. 2019 Officers responded to a shooting in the 1200 block of Beech Avenue around 3 a.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered Matthew Glynn, 35, was shot and killed. Segann March, Cincinnati.com, "Police: Victim identified in West Price Hill shooting," 7 Dec. 2019 Chris Long, an American who had a bone marrow transplant, discovered this firsthand when his genetic tests came back showing not only his own DNA, but also that of his German donor—in his blood, cheeks, and even semen. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A human chimera shows why DNA evidence is questionable," 7 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of discover was in the 14th century

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11 Dec 2019

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“Discover.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discoverable?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=discov03. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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discover

verb
How to pronounce discover (audio)

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 How to pronounce discover (audio) \
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
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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