- 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
Related Words for discoverunearth, locate, notice, detect, reveal, devise, hear, spot, explore, invent, recognize, see, observe, identify, determine, learn, catch, disclose, realize, design
Examples from the Web for discover
Contemporary Examples of discover
Will we discover whether or not Krieger is a clone this season, and will that be an ongoing plotline?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
Capaldi said it was remarkable to discover the human frailties at the center of such a mind.Doctor Who: It’s Time For a Black, Asian, or Woman Doctor
December 11, 2014
Their night takes an unexpected twist when they break into a home and discover a young girl is being held captive inside.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark
November 28, 2014
But when the ship arrives at the planet, they discover Dr. Mann—played by none other than Matt Damon.Christopher Nolan Explains Interstellar’s Big, Hotly Debated Twist
November 19, 2014
To work for Jarrett is to discover someone who listens and someone who expects nothing less than the very best.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable
November 18, 2014
Historical Examples of discover
We sought the inhabitants of the woods, but could discover none.
Wasn't it better to let you discover for yourself, my child?Weighed and Wanting
She approached the bed, to discover if Mary's sleep were peaceful.The Wives of The Dead
It is from these mounds that we discover the most that we know about early man in the United States.The Trail Book
He was pleased also to discover that city people did not know everything.In the Midst of Alarms
- to be the first to find or find out aboutFleming discovered penicillin
- to learn about or encounter for the first time; realizeshe discovered the pleasures of wine
- to find after study or searchI discovered a leak in the tank
- to reveal or make known
Word Origin and History for discover
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.