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discover

[dih-skuhv-er] /dɪˈskʌv ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to see, get knowledge of, learn of, find, or find out; gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown):
to discover America; to discover electricity.
2.
to notice or realize:
I discovered I didn't have my credit card with me when I went to pay my bill.
3.
Archaic. to make known; reveal; disclose.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French discoverir, descovrir, Old French descovrir < Late Latin discooperīre. See dis-1, cover
Related forms
discoverable, adjective
discoverably, adverb
nondiscoverable, adjective
prediscover, verb (used with object)
rediscover, verb (used with object)
undiscoverable, adjective
undiscovered, adjective
Synonym Study
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.
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Examples for discovered
  • Sometimes people who discovered dinosaurs had no idea what they had found.
  • Paleontologists have found their sleeping beauty: the first dinosaur fossil discovered in a birdlike sleeping pose.
  • Scientists have discovered a previously unidentified gene in the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
  • She pulled his student-aid record and discovered that he had received aid from seven other colleges.
  • Buckminsterfullerene, too, was promoted as a wonder-substance when it was discovered.
  • The location where the pair discovered the frogs has not been disclosed to protect the remaining habitat.
  • Last summer, astronomers first discovered a handful of planets that threw that idea for a loop.
  • Scientists have discovered a gene that seems to be the first to go awry when a colon cell begins the long spin toward cancer.
  • Poachers mine the scientific literature for the locations of newly discovered animals.
  • But now the same people who didn't think ornamentals were worth ruining your manicure for have discovered edibles.
British Dictionary definitions for discovered

discover

/dɪˈskʌvə/
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
1.
to be the first to find or find out about Fleming discovered penicillin
2.
to learn about or encounter for the first time; realize she discovered the pleasures of wine
3.
to find after study or search I discovered a leak in the tank
4.
to reveal or make known
Derived Forms
discoverable, adjective
discoverer, noun
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Word Origin and History for discovered

discover

v.

c.1300, "divulge, reveal, disclose," from Old French descovrir "uncover, unroof, unveil, reveal, betray," from Late Latin discooperire, from Latin dis- "opposite of" (see dis-) + cooperire "to cover up" (see cover). At first with a sense of betrayal or malicious exposure (discoverer originally meant "informant"); the meaning "to obtain knowledge or sight of what was not known" is from 1550s. Related: Discovered; discovering.

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