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dis·cov·er

discover

 
 
pronunciation:
dih skuh vr
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: discovered, discovering, discovers
definition 1: to find or see (something unknown) before anyone else.
Scientists have discovered a cure for many diseases.Christopher Columbus is said to have discovered America for the Europeans.
synonyms:
detect, find, stumble on
similar words:
behold, come across, descry, discern, locate, notice, originate, pioneer, spot, uncover, unearth
definition 2: to learn or gain knowledge of through study or observation.
We discovered in our experiment that the drug did not produce the effect we expected.I discovered some interesting things about the island while on the tour.
synonyms:
descry, detect, determine, realize
similar words:
ascertain, discern, find, find out, learn, perceive, see
definition 3: to see or witness due to a chance encounter or deliberate search; find.
We discovered the little girl hiding under the table.The customs officer discovered them trying to smuggle the birds into the country.After searching the whole building, we finally discovered her calmly smoking a cigarette outside.
synonyms:
find
similar words:
come across, encounter
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  • discovery:
    something that is discovered
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