Definition of discover
discoverableplay \-ˈkə-v(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
discovererplay \-ər-ər\ noun
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.
Origin and Etymology of discover
Middle English, from Anglo-French descoverir, descovrir, from Late Latin discooperire, from Latin dis- + cooperire to cover — more at cover
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of discover
DISCOVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of discover for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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
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