What does discover mean?

Definitions for discover
dɪˈskʌv ərdis·cov·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detect, observe, find, discover, noticeverb

    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"

  2. learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, seeverb

    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"

  3. discover, findverb

    make a discovery, make a new finding

    "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"

  4. discover, findverb

    make a discovery

    "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"

  5. fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discoververb

    find unexpectedly

    "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

  6. unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let outverb

    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"

  7. discoververb

    see for the first time; make a discovery

    "Who discovered the North Pole?"

  8. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, nameverb

    identify as in botany or biology, for example

Wiktionary

  1. discoververb

    To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.).

  2. discoververb

    To expose, uncover.

    The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand.

  3. discoververb

    To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack.

    This move discovers an attack on a vital pawn.

  4. discoververb

    To reveal (information); to divulge, make known.

    I discovered my plans to the rest of the team.

  5. discoververb

    To reconnoitre, explore (an area).

  6. discoververb

    To find something for the first time.

    Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop.

  7. Discovernoun

    Discover Card, a brand of credit card.

  8. Etymology: From descovrir, from discooperio, from dis- + cooperio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Discoververb

    Etymology: descouvrir, French; dis and cover.

    Go draw aside the curtains, and discover
    The several caskets to this noble prince. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Ven.

    He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. Job xii. 22.

    We will pass over unto those men, and we will discover ourselves unto them. Isa. xiv. 8.

    He shall never by any alteration in me discover my knowledge of his mistake. Alexander Pope, Letters.

ChatGPT

  1. discover

    Discover refers to the act of finding or identifying something previously unknown or unseen, whether it's a place, object, truth, information, or scientific principle. It involves uncovering, revealing, or bringing to light something that was hidden or unidentified.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discoververb

    to uncover

  2. Discoververb

    to disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret, unseen, or unknown)

  3. Discoververb

    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

  4. Discoververb

    to manifest without design; to show

  5. Discoververb

    to explore; to examine

  6. Discoververb

    to discover or show one's self

Freebase

  1. DISCover

    Digital Interactive Systems Corporation is a company specializing in gaming technology for PCs. They are the creators of the DISCover technology which allow PC games to be played like a video game console. The technology, which features the "Drop and Play" engine, auto-plays CDs or DVDs and automates scripts for installing and updating games. Consoles with the engine connect to the Internet for game updates. This technology debuted at the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Machines using DISCover technology include the Apex Extreme and Alienware DHS 2. In August 2007, DISCover announced that their Hardcore White-Label Gaming System, or HAWGS, technology would be used for FiringSquad's Ammo digital distribution service. In September 2007 DISCover have also created the InstaPlay desktop client which improves the ease of use for accessing games. DISCover chief executive officer David Ferrigno addressed Instaplay concerns and comparisons with other digital distribution services such as Direct2Drive and Steam.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discover

    dis-kuv′ėr, v.t. to uncover: to lay open or expose: to exhibit: to make known: to find out: to espy.—adj. Discoverable.—ns. Discov′erer; Discov′ery, the act of finding out: the thing discovered. [O. Fr. descouvrir, des—L. dis, away, couvrir, to cover.]

Editors Contribution

  1. discover

    Be aware of or find.

    They discover the new pattern of data as it is easy to see it occur and change it in that moment.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discover' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3050

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discover' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4771

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'discover' in Verbs Frequency: #217

Anagrams for discover »

  1. discovre

  2. divorces

  3. divorcés

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discover in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discover in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of discover in a Sentence

  1. Alan Alda:

    You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.

  2. Epictetus:

    Tell me where I can escape death: discover for me the country, show me the men to whom I must go, whom death does not visit. Discover to me a charm against death. If I have not one, what do you wish me to do? I cannot escape from death, but shall I die lamenting and trembling? . . . Therefore if I am able to change externals according to my wish, I change them: but if I cannot, I am ready to tear the eyes out of him who hinders me.

  3. Humberto Antunes:

    What we aspire to do is create an environment that is multi-disciplinary, we're going to put (known technologies) together so that we can discover new approaches to caring for the health of people.

  4. Amitesh Grover:

    I prefer ordinary people, or users, to discover our theater by immersing themselves in it.

  5. Jennifer Roberts:

    I actually didn't grow up visiting many libraries, i didn't discover that wonder until I was much older. Perhaps that's why they seem so magical to me now.

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