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DISCOVER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discover mean? 

DISCOVER (verb)
  The verb DISCOVER has 8 senses:

1. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
2. make a discovery, make a new finding
3. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
4. make a discovery
5. find unexpectedly
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
7. see for the first time; make a discovery
8. identify as in botany or biology, for example

  Familiarity information: DISCOVER used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCOVER (verb)


Sense 1discover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

observe; notice; discover; detect; find

Context examples:

She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water / We found traces of lead in the paint

Hypernyms (to "discover" is one way to...):

sight (catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "discover"):

catch out; find out (trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act)

sense (detect some circumstance or entity automatically)

instantiate (find an instance of (a word or particular usage of a word))

trace (discover traces of)

see (observe as if with an eye)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2discover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a discovery, make a new finding

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

discover; find

Context examples:

Roentgen discovered X-rays / Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle

Hypernyms (to "discover" is one way to...):

conceive; conceptualise; conceptualize; gestate (have the idea for)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3discover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

get a line; get wind; get word; learn; hear; find out; discover; pick up; see

Context examples:

I learned that she has two grown-up children / I see that you have been promoted

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "discover"):

get the goods (discover some bad or hidden information about)

wise up (get wise to)

catch; trip up (detect a blunder or misstep)

ascertain (learn or discover with certainty)

discover; find (make a discovery)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They discover that there was a traffic accident


Sense 4discover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a discovery

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

discover; find

Context examples:

She found that he had lied to her / The story is false, so far as I can discover

Hypernyms (to "discover" is one way to...):

discover; find out; get a line; get wind; get word; hear; learn; pick up; see (get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "discover"):

ferret; ferret out (search and discover through persistent investigation)

rake up (bring to light)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 5discover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Find unexpectedly

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

happen upon; come upon; come across; chance upon; chance on; light upon; fall upon; attain; discover; strike

Context examples:

the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb / she struck a goldmine / The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake

Hypernyms (to "discover" is one way to...):

find; regain (come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6discover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

let on; divulge; disclose; expose; unwrap; give away; let out; reveal; impart; discover; bring out; break

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "discover" is one way to...):

tell (let something be known)

Cause:

break; get around; get out (be released or become known; of news)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "discover"):

reveal (disclose directly or through prophets)

babble; babble out; blab; blab out; let the cat out of the bag; peach; sing; spill the beans; talk; tattle (divulge confidential information or secrets)

leak (tell anonymously)

confide (reveal in private; tell confidentially)

betray; bewray (reveal unintentionally)

spring (produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly)

come out; come out of the closet; out (to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality)

out (reveal (something) about somebody's identity or lifestyle)

blow (cause to be revealed and jeopardized)

muckrake (explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures)

blackwash (bring (information) out of concealment)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 7discover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

See for the first time; make a discovery

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Context example:

Who discovered the North Pole?

"Discover" entails doing...:

comprehend; perceive (to become aware of through the senses)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "discover"):

rediscover (discover again)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 8discover [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Identify as in botany or biology, for example

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

key out; key; describe; distinguish; identify; name; discover

"Discover" entails doing...:

assort; class; classify; separate; sort; sort out (arrange or order by classes or categories)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


 Learn English with... Proverbs of the week 
"Home is where you hang your hat." (English proverb)

"He who gets the grace of the women is neither hungry nor thirsty" (Breton proverb)

"Forgetness is the plague of knowledge." (Arabic proverb)

"From children and drunks will you hear the truth." (Danish proverb)

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