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 The only way to overcome this threat is to discover new agents against malaria that are safe, effective and affordable. Richard Gordon, Quartz Africa, "As resistance to anti-malarial drugs spreads, these scientists are racing to stem the tide," 19 Nov. 2019 The other elephant exporter Ammann discovered is called Soutchai Travel, a company based in Vientiane. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 Now, Android Police discovered that Google has quietly started adding extensions of 6 to 12 months to each model. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google's Chrome OS 78 gives Chromebooks virtual desktops, click-to-call, and longer support spans," 5 Nov. 2019 The man who was determined to hold people accountable now had to discover if these allegations were true. AZCentral.com, "Listen to our new podcast, 'Rediscovering: Don Bolles, murdered Arizona journalist'," 2 Nov. 2019 Now, in both tourism and progressive governance, there is money to be made and votes to be won by maintaining the rose-colored legacy of America treasuring and loving these natural wonders put there by a higher power for white settlers to discover. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Cruel Lottery to Save America’s Public Lands," 28 Oct. 2019 The smell test WeWork’s faulty booths were discovered when UBS employees complained of a strange odor wafting into their office in Weehawken, New Jersey. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Must every office phone booth feel like an upright coffin?," 22 Nov. 2019 The teen also discovered from his father that the process for getting an absentee ballot was confusing. The Christian Science Monitor, "A triumph of truth about China’s detention camps," 19 Nov. 2019 After moving in, Vazquez discovered that the plumbing was completely clogged, the sink didn't function, the floor was rotted and the ceiling had started to collapse, the complaint said. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Real estate business owner accused of discriminating against Latino community to pay $395K," 12 Nov. 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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Discover.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discovering?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=discov02. Accessed 9 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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