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
  1. verb
    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
  2. verb
    see for the first time; make a discovery
    “Who discovered the North Pole?”
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    rediscover
    discover again
  3. verb
    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
  4. verb
    make a discovery
    “The story is false, so far as I can discover
    synonyms: find
    find
    make a discovery, make a new finding
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    rake up
    bring to light
    ferret, ferret out
    search and discover through persistent investigation
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    find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see
    get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
  5. verb
    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
  6. verb
    find unexpectedly
    synonyms: attain, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, strike
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    find, regain
    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
  7. verb
    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
  8. verb
    identify as in botany or biology, for example
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