Definition of Discover

1. Verb. Discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of. "We found traces of lead in the paint"




2. Verb. Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally. "They discover that there was a traffic accident "; "I see that you have been promoted"
Exact synonyms: Find Out, Get A Line, Get Wind, Get Word, Hear, Learn, Pick Up, See
Specialized synonyms: Get The Goods, Wise Up, Catch, Trip Up, Ascertain, Find
Related verbs: Find, See, Witness
Derivative terms: Discovery, Discovery, Discovery

3. Verb. Make a discovery, make a new finding. "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"

4. Verb. Make a discovery. "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
Exact synonyms: Find
Generic synonyms: Find Out, Get A Line, Get Wind, Get Word, Hear, Learn, Pick Up, See
Specialized synonyms: Rake Up, Ferret, Ferret Out
Related verbs: Find
Derivative terms: Discovery, Discovery, Discovery, Find
Also: Find Out

5. Verb. Find unexpectedly. "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

6. Verb. Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret. "They discover that there was a traffic accident "; "Unwrap the evidence in the murder case"

7. Verb. See for the first time; make a discovery. "Who discovered the North Pole?"
Entails: Comprehend, Perceive
Specialized synonyms: Rediscover
Derivative terms: Discovery, Discovery, Discovery

8. Verb. Identify as in botany or biology, for example.

Definition of Discover

1. v. t. To uncover.

2. v. i. To discover or show one's self.

Definition of Discover

1. Proper noun. (US) w:Discover Card Discover Card, a brand of credit card. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.). ¹

3. Verb. (transitive now rare) To expose, uncover. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive chess) To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive archaic) To reveal (information); to divulge, make known. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To reconnoitre, explore (an area). ¹

7. Verb. To find something for the first time. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Discover

1. to gain sight or knowledge of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Discover

1. 1. To uncover. "Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered any church." (Abp. Grindal) 2. To disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret, unseen, or unknown). "Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover The several caskets to this noble prince." (Shak) "Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue." (Bacon) "We will discover ourselves unto them." (1 Sam. Xiv. 8) "Discover not a secret to another." (Prov. Xxv. 9) 3. To obtain for the first time sight or knowledge of, as of a thing existing already, but not perceived or known; to find; to ascertain; to espy; to detect. "Some to discover islands far away." (Shak) 4. To manifest without design; to show. "The youth discovered a taste for sculpture." (C. J. Smith) 5. To explore; to examine. Synonym: To disclose, bring out, exhibit, show, manifest, reveal, communicate, impart, tell, espy, find, out, detect. To Discover, Invent. We discover what existed before, but remained unknown, we invent by forming combinations which are either entirely new, or which attain their end by means unknown before. Columbus discovered America, Newton discovered the law of gravitation, Whitney invented the cotton gin, Galileo invented the telescope. Origin: OE. Discoveren, discuren, descuren, OF. Descovrir, descouvrir, F. Decouvrir; des- (L. Dis-) + couvrir to cover. See Cover. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Discover

discoursing
discoursive
discoursively
discoursiveness
discourteous
discourteously
discourteousness
discourtesies
discourtesy
discourtship
discous
discovenant
discovenanted
discovenanting
discovenants
discover (current term)
discoverability
discoverable
discoverably
discovered
discovered-check
discovered check
discoveree
discoverees
discoverer
discoverers
discoverest
discovereth
discoveries
discovering

Literary usage of Discover

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... unless these disguises are complete, the scene loses its power. Neither of them wish the husband to discover the stratagem. ..."

2. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... unless these disguises are complete, the scene loses its power. Neither of them wish the husband to discover the stratagem. ..."

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