- 1 discover something to be the first person to become aware that a particular place or thing exists Cook is credited with discovering Hawaii. Scientists around the world are working to discover a cure for AIDS. Wordfindercolonize, discover, explore, pioneer, reconnaissance, scout, settle, terrain, territory, voyage See related entries: Experiments and research
- 2 to find somebody/something that was hidden or that you did not expect to find discover somebody/something Police discovered a large stash of drugs while searching the house. We discovered this beach while we were sailing around the island. discover somebody/something doing something He was discovered hiding in a shed. discover somebody/something + adj. She was discovered dead at her home in Leeds.
- 3 to find out about something; to find some information about something discover something I've just discovered hang-gliding! discover (that)… It was a shock to discover (that) he couldn’t read. discover why, how, etc… We never did discover why she gave up her job. it is discovered that… It was later discovered that the diaries were a fraud. somebody/something is discovered to be/have… He was later discovered to be seriously ill.
- 4[often passive] discover somebody to be the first person to realize that somebody is very good at singing, acting, etc. and help them to become successful and famous The singer was discovered while still at school. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘make known’): from Old French descovrir, from late Latin discooperire, from Latin dis- (expressing reversal) + cooperire
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BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌvə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌvər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discover
BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌvə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌvər//he / she / it discovers
BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌvəz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌvərz//past simple discovered
BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌvəd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌvərd//past participle discovered
BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌvəd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌvərd//-ing form discovering
BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌvərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌvərɪŋ//Experiments and research