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Meaning & Definition of Discover in English

English

Discover

/dɪskəvər/

verb

1. Discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

  • "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"
  • "We found traces of lead in the paint"
    synonym:
  • detect
  • ,
  • observe
  • ,
  • find
  • ,
  • discover
  • ,
  • notice

2. Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

  • "I learned that she has two grown-up children"
  • "I see that you have been promoted"
    synonym:
  • learn
  • ,
  • hear
  • ,
  • get word
  • ,
  • get wind
  • ,
  • pick up
  • ,
  • find out
  • ,
  • get a line
  • ,
  • discover
  • ,
  • see

3. Make a discovery, make a new finding

  • "Roentgen discovered x-rays"
  • "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
    synonym:
  • discover
  • ,
  • find

4. Make a discovery

  • "She found that he had lied to her"
  • "The story is false, so far as i can discover"
    synonym:
  • discover
  • ,
  • find

5. Find unexpectedly

  • "The archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"
  • "She struck a goldmine"
  • "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
    synonym:
  • fall upon
  • ,
  • strike
  • ,
  • come upon
  • ,
  • light upon
  • ,
  • chance upon
  • ,
  • come across
  • ,
  • chance on
  • ,
  • happen upon
  • ,
  • attain
  • ,
  • discover

6. Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

  • "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van gogh had sold"
  • "The actress won't reveal how old she is"
  • "Bring out the truth"
  • "He broke the news to her"
  • "Unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
    synonym:
  • unwrap
  • ,
  • disclose
  • ,
  • let on
  • ,
  • bring out
  • ,
  • reveal
  • ,
  • discover
  • ,
  • expose
  • ,
  • divulge
  • ,
  • break
  • ,
  • give away
  • ,
  • let out

7. See for the first time

  • Make a discovery
  • "Who discovered the north pole?"
    synonym:
  • discover

8. Identify as in botany or biology, for example

    synonym:
  • identify
  • ,
  • discover
  • ,
  • key
  • ,
  • key out
  • ,
  • distinguish
  • ,
  • describe
  • ,
  • name

Examples of using

Experience is when you discover something you don't want to discover.
Tom had a whole world to discover.
For when a woman is left too much alone, sooner or later she begins to think;- And no man knows what then she may discover.