1250-1300;Middle English < Anglo-Frenchdiscoverir, descovrir,Old Frenchdescovrir < Late Latindiscooperīre. See dis-1, cover
prediscover, verb (used with object)
rediscover, verb (used with object)
1.Discover,invent,originate suggest bringing to light something previously unknown. To discover may be to find something that had previously existed but had hitherto been unknown: to discover a new electricity; it may also refer to devising a new use for something already known: to discover how to make synthetic rubber. To invent is to make or create something new, especially something ingeniously devised to perform mechanical operations: to invent a device for detecting radioactivity. To originate is to begin something new, especially new ideas, methods, etc.: to originate a political movement, the use of assembly-line techniques. See also learn.
c.1300, from O.Fr. descovrir, from L.L. discooperire, from L. dis- "opposite of" + cooperire "to cover up" (see cover). Originally with a sense of betrayal or malicious exposure (discoverer originally meant "informant"), the modern meaning "to obtain knowledge or sight of what was not known" is from 1550s. Related: Discovered.