- 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 discoverabledetectable, perceptible, discernible, appreciable, noticeable, evident, striking, clear, unmistakable, obvious, palpable, distinguishable, conspicuous, observable, apparent, visible, audible, open, patent, perceivable
Examples from the Web for discoverable
Contemporary Examples of discoverable
Discoverable by clicking around or typing commands, these hidden features included entire new cartoons, or even simple gimmicks.Homestar Runner, Trogdor the Burninator, and the Birth of the Internet
April 22, 2014
Historical Examples of discoverable
At the end of a month, no trace of the tumour was discoverable.
No window was discoverable, and not even an opening for ventilation purposes.The Yellow Claw
These effects readily are discoverable in the larghetto of the Potocka concerto.The Pianolist
Judge if, with such diagnosis, any Morrison's Pill is like to be discoverable!Past and Present
Not a drop of water was discoverable, where a bird might slake its thirst.The Bird Study Book
Thomas Gilbert Pearson
- 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
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.