3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Discover \Dis*cov"er\, verb (used with an object) [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. Grindal.

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]

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. 8.

Discover not a secret to another. --Prov. xxv. 9.

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]

Some to discover islands far away. --Shak.

4. To manifest without design; to show.

The youth discovered a taste for sculpture. --C. J. Smith.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Discover \Dis*cov"er\, verb (used without an object) 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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}]

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