American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To notice or learn, especially by making an effort: got home and discovered that the furnace wasn't working.
- v. To be the first, or the first of one's group or kind, to find, learn of, or observe.
- v. To learn about for the first time in one's experience: discovered a new restaurant on the west side.
- v. To learn something about: discovered him to be an impostor; discovered the brake to be defective.
- v. To identify (a person) as a potentially prominent performer: a movie star who was discovered in a drugstore by a producer.
- v. Archaic To reveal or expose.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- . To uncover; lay open to view; disclose; make visible; hence, to show.
- To exhibit; allow to be seen and known; act so as to manifest (unconsciously or unin-tentionally); betray: as, to discover a generous spirit; he discovered great confusion.
- To make known by speech; tell; reveal.
- To gain a sight of, especially for the first time or after a period of concealment; espy: as, land was discovered on the lee bow.
- Hence To gain the first knowledgeof; find out, as something that was before entirely unknown, either to men in general, to the finder, or to persons concerned: as, Columbus discovered the new world; Newton discovered the law of gravitation; we often discover our mistakes when too late.
- . To explore; bring to light by examination.
- . To cause to cease to be a covering; make to be no longer a cover.
- =Syn. 3.. To communicate, impart.
- To descry, discern, behold.
- Discover, invent, agree in signifying to find out; but we discover what already exists, though to us unknown; we invent what did not before exist: as, to discover the applicability of steam to the purposes of locomotion, and to invent, the machinery necessary to use steam for these ends. (See invention.) Some things are of so mixed a character that either word may be applied to them.
- To uncover; unmask one's self.
- To explore.
- v. transitive, obsolete To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.).
- v. transitive To expose, uncover.
- v. transitive, chess To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack.
- v. transitive, archaic To reveal (information); to divulge, make known.
- v. transitive, obsolete To reconnoitre, explore (an area).
- v. To find something for the first time.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To uncover.
- v. Archaic To disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret, unseen, or unknown).
- v. 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.
- v. To manifest without design; to show.
- v. obsolete To explore; to examine.
- v. obsolete To discover or show one's self.
- v. find unexpectedly
- v. make a discovery
- v. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
- v. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
- v. identify as in botany or biology, for example
- v. see for the first time; make a discovery
- 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
- v. make a discovery, make a new finding
- From Old French descovrir, from Latin discooperiō, from dis- + cooperiō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English discoveren, to reveal, from Old French descovrir, from Late Latin discooperīre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin cooperīre, to cover; see cover. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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