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.
- dis·cov·er·a·ble, adjective
- dis·cov·er·a·bly, adverb
- non·dis·cov·er·a·ble, adjective
- pre·dis·cov·er, verb (used with object)
- re·dis·cov·er, verb (used with object)
- un·dis·cov·er·a·ble, adjective
- un·dis·cov·ered, adjective
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How to use discover in a sentence
After discovering the redirections weren’t an isolated incident, participants in this Reddit discussion winnowed the list of suspects down to five.Abusive add-ons aren’t just a Chrome and Firefox problem. Now it’s Edge’s turn | Dan Goodin | November 20, 2020 | Ars Technica
He said if “issues related to inappropriate labor practices are discovered, we will take immediate action.”Apple is lobbying against a bill aimed at stopping forced labor in China | Reed Albergotti | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
This time, their journey takes a twist when King Akeem discovers he has a son that he never knew about.‘Coming 2 America’ Will Premiere On Amazon Studios March 2021 | cmurray | November 20, 2020 | Essence.com
In the 1960s, skiing was still discovering itself as 10th Mountain Division veterans built utilitarian lifts and lodges on the mountains they opened.
Maine natives, local launch drivers, and best friends, the women discovered their love for the water at an early age, quickly becoming sailing partners with the same goal.These College Students Have a Dream to Sail the World | Outside Editors | November 20, 2020 | Outside Online
Once discovered, this maneuver did not endear the councilors to their constituents.
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 | Jacob Siegel | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Ben Jacobs | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Tom Cotton credits Harvard as the place where he “discovered political philosophy as a way of life.”
In pursuing his alchemical researches, he discovered Prussian blue, and the animal oil which bears his name.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Almost as soon as she had finished building her nest she had discovered a strange-looking egg there.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
Had not this Indian plant been discovered, the whole history of some portions of America would have been far different.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
He had discovered that the all-glorious boast of Spain was not exempt from the infirmities of common men.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Yet, Monsieur Arden, I have discovered some of the best treasures the house contained, and they are at present in this room.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for discover
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
- discoverable, adjective
- discoverer, noun
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