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[dih-skuhv-er] /dɪˈskʌv ər/
verb (used with object)
to see, get knowledge of, learn of, find, or find out; gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown):
to discover America; to discover electricity.
to notice or realize:
I discovered I didn't have my credit card with me when I went to pay my bill.
Archaic. to make known; reveal; disclose.
Origin of discover
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French discoverir, descovrir, Old French descovrir < Late Latin discooperīre. See dis-1, cover
Related forms
discoverable, adjective
discoverably, adverb
nondiscoverable, adjective
prediscover, verb (used with object)
rediscover, verb (used with object)
undiscoverable, adjective
undiscovered, adjective
Synonym Study
1. Discover, invent, originate suggest bringing to light something previously unknown. To discover may be to find something that had previously existed but had hitherto been unknown: to discover a new electricity; it may also refer to devising a new use for something already known: to discover how to make synthetic rubber. To invent is to make or create something new, especially something ingeniously devised to perform mechanical operations: to invent a device for detecting radioactivity. To originate is to begin something new, especially new ideas, methods, etc.: to originate a political movement, the use of assembly-line techniques. See also learn. Unabridged
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  • A simple, but grand, arrangement is discoverable amidst the confusion of objects and the prodigious variety of scenes.

  • These effects readily are discoverable in the larghetto of the Potocka concerto.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • The general public will not be convinced that this sort of thing can happen with no discoverable reason.

    The Last Straw William J. Smith
  • Judge if, with such diagnosis, any Morrison's Pill is like to be discoverable!

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • The real continuity with an immemorial past which inspires all Gallic things is discoverable in this arrangement of Gaul.

    First and Last H. Belloc
  • No window was discoverable, and not even an opening for ventilation purposes.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • These characteristics, at any rate, we have discovered in works of Art: and no doubt many more might be discoverable.

    The Meaning of Good--A Dialogue G. Lowes Dickinson
  • Heredity might have some discoverable part in the apparent marvel.

  • But no discoverable influence ever succeeded in keeping a Sutler's stock up to high-water mark of gustatory demand.

British Dictionary definitions for discoverable


verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
to be the first to find or find out about: Fleming discovered penicillin
to learn about or encounter for the first time; realize: she discovered the pleasures of wine
to find after study or search: I discovered a leak in the tank
to reveal or make known
Derived Forms
discoverable, adjective
discoverer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for discoverable



c.1300, "divulge, reveal, disclose," from Old French descovrir "uncover, unroof, unveil, reveal, betray," from Late Latin discooperire, from Latin dis- "opposite of" (see dis-) + cooperire "to cover up" (see cover). At first with a sense of betrayal or malicious exposure (discoverer originally meant "informant"); the meaning "to obtain knowledge or sight of what was not known" is from 1550s. Related: Discovered; discovering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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