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 Gail Donahue, who has more than 28 years of experience running a shelter in Illinois, discovered several filthy kennels during her two-day visit, Bogen said. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Animal shelter under scrutiny over dirty cages, spending," 8 Nov. 2019 Harris noted, when an attendee asked him what exactly the cure is, that a cure has not yet been found — that depends upon discovering the cause of the disease. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Congressman Andy Harris gives hope for Alzheimer’s cure, citing greater federal funding, in visit to Bel Air," 7 Nov. 2019 On a plantation called Morne Patate on Dominica, Mark Hauser, an archaeologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, discovered a provision ground buried under a field that is still cultivated. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Caribbean excavation offers intimate look at the lives of enslaved Africans," 7 Nov. 2019 The discovery come weeks after dozens of people, thought to be Vietnamese, were discovered dead in the back of another truck east of London, shining a spotlight on people smuggling in the UK. Sheena Mckenzie, CNN, "15 men found alive in truck in Britain, weeks after Essex container deaths," 7 Nov. 2019 If a researcher applies machine learning to one of these datasets and discovers a biomarker to predict response to a therapy, there is no guarantee the biomarker will work well, if at all, in a more diverse population. Charles K. Fisher, STAT, "The FDA needs to set standards for using artificial intelligence in drug development," 7 Nov. 2019 In 2018 Intel’s chief executive, Brian Krzanich, resigned after the chipmaker discovered a similar affair. The Economist, "McDonald’s fires its boss over a workplace romance," 7 Nov. 2019 That's the way to build your knowledge and discover those stories. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Please Stop Saying Millennials Killed Antiques," 6 Nov. 2019 The recently discovered subtype belongs to the most common form of HIV, group M, which accounts for more than 90 percent of all HIV cases, Rodgers says. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "First New HIV Strain in 19 Years Identified," 6 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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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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