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VERB (8)

1. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of;
- Example: "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"
- Example: "We found traces of lead in the paint"
[syn: detect, observe, find, discover, notice]

2. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally;
- Example: "I learned that she has two grown-up children"
- Example: "I see that you have been promoted"
[syn: learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see]

3. make a discovery, make a new finding;
- Example: "Roentgen discovered X-rays"
- Example: "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
[syn: discover, find]

4. make a discovery;
- Example: "She found that he had lied to her"
- Example: "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
[syn: discover, find]

5. find unexpectedly;
- Example: "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"
- Example: "she struck a goldmine"
- Example: "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
[syn: fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discover]

6. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret;
- Example: "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"
- Example: "The actress won't reveal how old she is"
- Example: "bring out the truth"
- Example: "he broke the news to her"
- Example: "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
[syn: unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let out]

7. see for the first time; make a discovery;
- Example: "Who discovered the North Pole?"

8. identify as in botany or biology, for example;
[syn: identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Discover \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.] [1913 Webster] Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered any church. --Abp. Grindal. [1913 Webster] 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). [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover The several caskets to this noble prince. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] We will discover ourselves unto them. --1 Sam. xiv. 8. [1913 Webster] Discover not a secret to another. --Prov. xxv. 9. [1913 Webster] 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. [WordNet sense 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8] [1913 Webster] Some to discover islands far away. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To manifest without design; to show. [1913 Webster] The youth discovered a taste for sculpture. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Discover \Dis*cov"er\, v. i. To discover or show one's self. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This done, they discover. --Decker. [1913 Webster] Nor was this the first time that they discovered to be followers of this world. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

discover v 1: 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" [syn: detect, observe, find, discover, notice] 2: 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" [syn: learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see] 3: make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle" [syn: discover, find] 4: make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover" [syn: discover, find] 5: find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake" [syn: fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discover] 6: 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"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case" [syn: unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let out] 7: see for the first time; make a discovery; "Who discovered the North Pole?" 8: identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

156 Moby Thesaurus words for "discover": advertise, ascertain, bare, be informed, become acquainted with, beget, behold, betray, break the seal, breed, bring forth, bring into being, bring to light, broaden the mind, call into being, catch on, catch sight of, clap eyes on, coin, conceive, concoct, contrive, cook up, cram the mind, debunk, descry, design, detect, determine, develop, devise, dig up, discern, disclose, dismask, distinguish, divulge, draw the veil, dream up, encounter, engender, espy, evolve, expose, fabricate, ferret out, find, find out, find out about, frame, gain knowledge, generate, get, get hold of, get wise to, give away, give being to, give rise to, glimpse, hatch, have in sight, hear, hit, hunt down, identify, impart, improvise, innovate, introduce, introduce new blood, invent, ken, lay bare, lay eyes on, lay open, learn, learn about, let daylight in, let out, load the mind, locate, look on, look upon, make do with, make innovations, make out, make up, manifest, mature, meet with, mint, mouth, neologize, note, notice, observe, open, open up, originate, perceive, pick out, pick up information, pioneer, plan, proclaim, procreate, publish, raise the curtain, recognize, rediscover, reveal, revolutionize, root out, run down, run to earth, search out, see, show, show up, sight, smoke out, spawn, spill, spot, spy, strike, strike out, strip bare, take in, tell, think out, think up, trace, trace down, track down, tumble, turn up, twig, uncloak, uncover, undrape, undress, unearth, unfold, unfurl, unkennel, unmask, unpack, unroll, unscreen, unsheathe, unshroud, unveil, unwrap, view, witness