Discover meaning

dĭ-skŭvər
To find out; learn of the existence of; realize.
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To be the first nonnative person to find, come to, or see (a continent, river, etc.)
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To identify (a person) as a potentially prominent performer.

A movie star who was discovered in a drugstore by a producer.

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(archaic) To reveal or expose.
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To be the first to find out, see, or know about.
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To discover is defined as to learn something new, become aware of something or to find something, especially if you are the first to locate it.

An example of discover is when you find a cool new restaurant.

An example of discover is when you find buried treasure.

An example of discover is when you find you really do like carrots even though you thought you didn't.

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To bring to prominence; make famous.
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(archaic) To reveal (information); to divulge, make known.

I discovered my plans to the rest of the team.

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To find something for the first time.

Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop.

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(US) Discover Card, a brand of credit card.
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(now rare) To expose, uncover.

The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand.

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To notice or learn, especially by making an effort.

Got home and discovered that the furnace wasn't working.

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To learn something about.

Discovered him to be an impostor; discovered the brake to be defective.

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(chess) 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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Origin of discover

  • Middle English discoveren to reveal from Old French descovrir from Late Latin discooperīre Latin dis- dis- Latin cooperīre to cover cover

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French descovrir, from Latin discooperiō, from dis- + cooperiō.

    From Wiktionary