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Meaning of discover by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Old French descovrir, from Latin discooperiō, from dis- + cooperiō .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪsˈkʌvə( ɹ )/, /dɪsˈkʊvə/, X-SAMPA: /dIs"kVv@/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /dɪsˈkʌvɚ/, X-SAMPA: /dIs"kVv@`/
    • Rhymes: -ʌvə( r )


    discover ( third-person singular simple present discovers present participle discovering, simple past and past participle discovered )

    1. ( transitive, obsolete ) To remove the cover from; to uncover ( a head, building etc. ) .
    2. ( transitive, now rare ) To expose, uncover .
      The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand .
    3. ( transitive, chess ) To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack .
      This move discovers an attack on a vital pawn .
    4. ( transitive, archaic ) To reveal ( information ); to divulge, make known .
      I discovered my plans to the rest of the team .
    5. ( transitive, obsolete ) To reconnoitre, explore ( an area ).
    6. To find something for the first time .
      Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop .



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Explanation of discover by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

    2. identify as in botany or biology, for example

    3. make a discovery

    4. The story is false, so far as I can discover
    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

    6. make a discovery, make a new finding

    7. Roentgen discovered X-rays
    8. see for the first time

    9. Who discovered the North Pole?
    10. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

    11. find unexpectedly

    Definition of discover by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Discover v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discovered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Discovering.] [OE. discoveren, discuren, descuren, OF. descovrir, descouvrir, F. découvrir; des- ( L. dis- ) + couvrir to cover. See Cover.]
      1. To uncover. [Obs.]

      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 ). [Archaic]

      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. [wns=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]

      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. [Obs.]

      Syn. -- 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.

    2. Discover, v. i. To discover or show one's self. [Obs.]

      This done, they discover. Decker.

      Nor was this the first time that they discovered to be followers of this world. Milton.