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

Choose the Right Synonym for discover

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 To discover businesses to support and more information about safe, seasonal activities in Connecticut, visit www. courant.com, "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 13 Nov. 2020 Although at least five studies had suggested that microbes may prey on viruses, until this most recent report, no one had followed up to discover just how widespread or important the process actually is. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, "Viruses Can Be Delicious as Well as Deadly," 11 Nov. 2020 Then the program will isolate individual sounds, such as dolphin whistles or chattering fish, and could even discover the sounds of new species. Sabrina Imbler, New York Times, "Could Listening to the Deep Sea Help Save It?," 10 Nov. 2020 Researchers were able to discover the findings without having to dig into any land, instead using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to see below the surface. Harry Clarke-ezzidio, CNN, "Archaeologists in Norway find rare Viking ship burial using only radar," 10 Nov. 2020 Regardless, this is a game where Oregon State has to discover its mojo on defense. oregonlive, "Oregon State looks for a bounce-back performance against Washington Huskies: Sneak peek," 9 Nov. 2020 There are a ton of interesting (and surprising) tidbits about Disneyland to discover. Megan Dubois, Travel + Leisure, "15 Disneyland Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know," 8 Nov. 2020 Biden has promised other changes though, including a ban on surprise billing—the practice by which hospital patients may discover after discharge that although their stay was covered by their insurance, some of the practitioners were not. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "What Biden’s win changes for Americans, China, and the environment," 7 Nov. 2020 Studios are open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit spanishvillageartcenter.com to discover artists offering classes, including remote sessions. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Garden galleries emerge across San Diego during pandemic time," 7 Nov. 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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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discover. Accessed 27 Nov. 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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