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.

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. Anna Afanasieva:

    We were really surprised to discover so many people were actually willing to help.

  2. William Drew:

    We want to reflect this not just in the restaurants we celebrate but also in the locations of the events themselves, through the global movement of our events we will continue to unite, discover and celebrate the diverse gastronomic talents and communities across the globe.

  3. Alisa Wells:

    Now the real beginnings of the 'freedom' which we have discussed for many years--and a heady freedom it is, coming after so many years of reaching outward for it--to finally discover all I had to do was reach inward, and it was there waiting all the time for me

  4. Van Dyke:

    I think that set me back. There are times that I feel like apologizing to my body for the way I treated it… I have arthritis and all those things, but I keep moving… I didn’t discover dancing and singing until I was in my 30s. It just happened out of nowhere. I regret that I didn’t train a little or take some vocal coaching or something. But I just enjoyed what I had and had fun with it. If I had to go back, I’d train.

  5. Barbra Streisand:

    You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.

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