Thesaurus

discover

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of discover

  1. 1 to come to an awareness of I was startled to discover that my keys were missing Synonyms of discover ascertain, catch on (to), find out, get on (to), hear, learn, realize, see, wise (up) Words Related to discover hit (on or upon), tumble (to); descry, detect, encounter, espy, see, spot; calculate, dope (out), figure out, find, puzzle (out); discern, mind, note, observe, perceive; divine Phrases get wind of Near Antonyms of discover miss, overlook; disregard, ignore; forget, unlearn; blanket, blot out, cloak, conceal, cover, curtain, enshroud, hide, mask, occult, screen, shroud, veil

  2. 2 to come upon after searching, study, or effort we hope to discover the real reason for his odd behavior Synonyms of discover ascertain, descry, detect, determine, dig out, dig up, find, dredge (up), ferret (out), find out, get, hit (on or upon), hunt (down or up), learn, locate, nose out, root (out), rout (out), rummage, run down, scare up, scout (up), track (down), turn upWords Related to discover espy, sight, spot; look for, search (for or out), seekNear Antonyms of discover lose, mislay, misplace, missetAntonyms of discover miss, overlook, pass over

  3. 3 to make known (as information previously kept secret) discovered to his friend how people whom he had trusted had betrayed him Synonyms of discover bare, disclose, reveal, divulge, expose, let on (about), spill, tell, unbosom, uncloak, uncover, unmask, unveilWords Related to discover confide, share; debunk, show up; unclothe, undrape; advertise, announce, blaze, bring out, broadcast, declare, placard, post, proclaim, promulgate, publicize, publish, sound; betray, blab, give away, leak; inform, squeal, talk; communicate, impart, relate; acknowledge, admit, avow, concede, confess, own; disinter, rake up, smoke out, unearthNear Antonyms of discover camouflage, disguise; gild, gloss (over), varnish, whitewash; becloud, bedim, befog, cloud, darken, eclipse, obscure, overcast, overshadow, shadeAntonyms of discover cloak, conceal, cover (up), enshroud, hide, mask, shroud, veil

Synonym Discussion of 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


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