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Meaning of DISCOVER

Pronunciation:  di'skuvur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  identify as in botany or biology, for example
  3. [v]  make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
  4. [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; "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"
  5. [v]  make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
  6. [v]  see for the first time; make a discovery; "Who discovered the North Pole?"
  7. [v]  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"
  8. [v]  find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

DISCOVER is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: attain, break, bring out, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, describe, detect, disclose, distinguish, divulge, expose, fall upon, find, find, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, give away, happen upon, hear, identify, impart, key, key out, learn, let on, let out, light upon, name, notice, observe, pick up, reveal, see, strike
 See Also: ascertain, assort, babble, babble out, betray, bewray, blab, blab out, blackwash, blow, catch, catch out, class, classify, come out, come out of the closet, comprehend, conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, confide, discover, ferret, ferret out, find, find, find out, gestate, get around, get out, instantiate, leak, muckrake, out, peach, perceive, rake up, rediscover, regain, see, sense, separate, sight, sing, sort, sort out, spring, talk, tattle, tell, trace, trip up, wise up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*cov"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discovered}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Discovering}.] [OE. discoveren, discuren, descuren,
    OF. descovrir, descouvrir, F. d['e]couvrir; des- (L. dis-) +
    couvrir to cover. See {Cover}.]
    1. To uncover. [Obs.]
             Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered any
             church.                               --Abp.
    2. To disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to
       reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret,
       unseen, or unknown).
             Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover The
             several caskets to this noble prince. --Shak.
             Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity
             doth best discover virtue.            --Bacon.
             We will discover ourselves unto them. --1 Sam. xiv.
             Discover not a secret to another.     --Prov. xxv.
    3. To obtain for the first time sight or knowledge of, as of
       a thing existing already, but not perceived or known; to
       find; to ascertain; to espy; to detect.
             Some to discover islands far away.    --Shak.
    4. To manifest without design; to show.
             The youth discovered a taste for sculpture. --C. J.
    5. To explore; to examine. [Obs.]
    Syn: To disclose; bring out; exhibit; show; manifest; reveal;
         communicate; impart; tell; espy; find; out; detect. --
         To {Discover}, {Invent}. We discover what existed
         before, but remained unknown; we invent by forming
         combinations which are either entirely new, or which
         attain their end by means unknown before. Columbus
         discovered America; Newton discovered the law of
         gravitation; Whitney invented the cotton gin; Galileo
         invented the telescope.
  2. \Dis*cov"er\, v. i.
    To discover or show one's self. [Obs.]
          This done, they discover.                --Decker.
          Nor was this the first time that they discovered to be
          followers of this world.                 --Milton.
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