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 Archeologists have discovered bones belonging to some 60 mammoths to the north of Mexico City, according to reports. Fox News, "Experts find bones of dozens of mammoths in Mexico City," 24 May 2020 Officials discovered the joey in Ava's pouch in April during a health check. Erin Glynn, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Zoo: baby wallaby peeks out from mother's pouch for the first time," 23 May 2020 Though known for its seafood -- one of those gold medals was awarded to Fulai Wong’s braised abalone in oyster sauce -- the crowds quickly discovered the restaurant’s dim sum service, which was the city’s best option for more than half a decade. oregonlive, "End of a dim sum era: Wong’s King Seafood has closed for good," 23 May 2020 Doctors also discovered that, to their surprise, the novel coronavirus appeared to directly or indirectly attack the heart, including by reducing its ability to pump, creating an imbalance in its electrical rhythms, and attacking blood vessels. Anchorage Daily News, "Antimalarial drug touted by Trump linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says," 22 May 2020 Since then, however, SpaceX has discovered the root causes of all problems and fixed them, NASA says. Washington Post, "No one thought SpaceX would beat Boeing to get astronauts to the space station," 21 May 2020 In a Milwaukee writer's debut mystery, a young American widow visiting a swanky Egyptian resort in the 1920s discovers murder and romance. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "71 books for summer reading in 2020," 21 May 2020 In short, the researchers discovered that adolescent dogs can mimic similar behaviors as human teenagers. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Adolescent Dogs Act Similarly to Teenage Humans, New Study Suggests," 21 May 2020 But the troubles with O’NA went deeper than that, Cioppa and his team discovered during a year-long investigation. Fortune, "How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance," 20 May 2020

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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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discover. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for discover

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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