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Verb: discover  di'skú-vu(r)
  1. Determine the existence, presence, or fact of
    "She discovered high levels of lead in her drinking water";
    - detect, observe, find, notice
  2. Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    "I discovered that she has two grown-up children";
    - learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, see
  3. Make a discovery, make a new finding
    "Roentgen discovered X-rays";
    - find
  4. Find unexpectedly
    "she discovered a goldmine";
    - fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain
  5. Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
    "discover the evidence in the murder case";
    - unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, expose, divulge, break, give away, let out, uncover, lay bare
  6. See for the first time; make a discovery
    "Who discovered the North Pole?"
  7. Classify or apply the appropriate name to, e.g. in botany or biology
    - identify, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name

Derived forms: discovered, discovering, discovers

Type of: conceive, conceptualise [Brit], conceptualize, descry, espy, find, gestate, regain, sight, spot, spy, tell

Encyclopedia: Discover