- 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
Examples from the Web for discovered
Once discovered, this maneuver did not endear the councilors to their constituents.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
In 2007 he said he had discovered a cure for AIDS using natural herbs.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
And yet as Robert Ward discovered, Marvin—for all of his larger-than-life machismo—was surprising in real life.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
In particular, it applies to immigrants who lost their U.S. citizenship after their involvement in World War II was discovered.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
Tom Cotton credits Harvard as the place where he “discovered political philosophy as a way of life.”Harvard’s Conservative Cabal Takes Congress
December 17, 2014
He had discovered years before that he was sometimes able thus to puzzle her momentarily.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But this slab of black basalt was different from anything that had ever been discovered.
We do not know which genius first discovered the use of pottery but he deserves a statue.
I named it the Alexander Spring, after my brother, who discovered it.Explorations in Australia
They made maps of the sky and they discovered the first five planets.
- 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 discovered
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.