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1 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" [syn: detect, observe, find, notice]
2 make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle" [syn: find]
3 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" [syn: learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, see]
4 make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover" [syn: find]
5 find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake" [syn: fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain]
6 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" [syn: disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, expose, divulge, impart, break, give away, let out]
7 see for the first time; make a discovery; "Who discovered the North Pole?"
8 identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: identify, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name]

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see Discover



  • (UK) /dɪsˈkʌvə/, /dIs"kVv@/
  • (US) /dɪsˈkʌvɚ/, /dIs"kVv@`/
  • Rhymes: -ʌvə(r)


  1. (somewhat dated) To expose something previously covered.
    The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand.
  2. To find something for the first time.
    Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop.
  3. To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack.
    This move discovers an attack on a vital pawn.



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