discover

If you discover something, you find it unexpectedly, like when you discover your favorite childhood stuffed animal in a box of old junk.

When you discover something, it can be by surprise or the result of a search. You might discover the fact that your dad used to travel with the circus as a trapeze artist or discover a band none of your friends ever heard of. Scientists often discover new substances, stars, or organisms. The Latin root discooperire, "uncover," combines the prefix dis-, or "opposite of," with cooperire, "to cover up."

DEFINITIONS OF: discover

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v discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

Synonyms:
detect, find, notice, observe
find
make a discovery, make a new finding
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catch out, find out
trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act
sense
detect some circumstance or entity automatically
instantiate
find an instance of (a word or particular usage of a word)
trace
discover traces of
see
observe as if with an eye
Type of:
sight, spy
catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes

v see for the first time; make a discovery

“Who discovered the North Pole?”
Types:
rediscover
discover again

v make a discovery, make a new finding

“Roentgen discovered X-rays”
Synonyms:
find
find
make a discovery
ascertain, determine, find, find out
establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
detect, find, notice, observe
discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
Type of:
conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, gestate
have the idea for

v make a discovery

“The story is false, so far as I can discover
Synonyms:
find
find
make a discovery, make a new finding
Types:
rake up
bring to light
ferret, ferret out
search and discover through persistent investigation
Type of:
find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see
get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

v get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

Synonyms:
find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see
find, see, witness
perceive or be contemporaneous with
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get the goods
discover some bad or hidden information about
wise up
get wise to
catch, trip up
detect a blunder or misstep
ascertain
learn or discover with certainty
find
make a discovery
rake up
bring to light
price
ascertain or learn the price of
ferret, ferret out
search and discover through persistent investigation

v find unexpectedly

Synonyms:
attain, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, strike
Type of:
find, regain
come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost

v make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

Synonyms:
break, bring out, disclose, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap
break, get around, get out
be released or become known; of news
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blackwash
bring (information) out of concealment
muckrake
explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures
blow
cause to be revealed and jeopardized
out
reveal (something) about somebody's identity or lifestyle
come out, come out of the closet, out
to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality
spring
produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly
betray, bewray
reveal unintentionally
confide
reveal in private; tell confidentially
leak
tell anonymously
babble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, talk, tattle
divulge confidential information or secrets
reveal
disclose directly or through prophets
relieve, unbosom
relieve oneself of troubling information
Type of:
tell
let something be known

v identify as in botany or biology, for example

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