discover

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

Other Words from discover

discoverable \ di-​ˈskə-​v(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce discover (audio) \ adjective
discoverer \ di-​ˈskə-​vər-​ər How to pronounce discover (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

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 In professional settings, I frequently get overlooked — until people discover my job title. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Jan. 2022 Make showing up for your audience a part of your new world and discover the opportunity this brings. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Among their stories in 2021: how gay pride events were bouncing back amid the pandemic, after school programs that got a boost in funding and how a host of new little libraries arose to help kids discover books that feature Black children. Freep.com, 2 Jan. 2022 Even if scholars work through the regulatory red tape and discover a more effective take-home schedule, health providers and patients would be prohibited from adopting it without legislative action. Paul J. Joudrey And Adam J. Gordon, STAT, 25 Dec. 2021 Webb will help scientists understand how early galaxies formed and grew, detect possible signatures of life on other planets, watch the birth of stars, study black holes from a different angle, and likely discover unexpected truths. Joe Spring, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Dec. 2021 Much of Bean’s work focuses on researching the atmospheres of exoplanets, and the Webb telescope will help discover what these worlds are really like: How their temperature varies across the surface. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, 24 Dec. 2021 And a bit closer to home, in Massachusetts, I was introduced to a man who devoted himself to helping people overcome their fears and discover the joy of open water swimming, as a way to combat closures and restrictions due to the pandemic. Ann Hermes, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Dec. 2021 Håkan Svedhem, co-author and former project scientist for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, said the team must now discover what type of water is in the spoil. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discover. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for discover

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 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

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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