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1 to come to an awareness of
  • I was startled to discover that my keys were missing

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2 to come upon after searching, study, or effort
  • we hope to discover the real reason for his odd behavior

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3 to make known (as information previously kept secret)
  • discovered to his friend how people whom he had trusted had betrayed him

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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

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The first known use of discover was in the 14th century

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“Discover.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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