Definition of discovery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    discovery

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    noun
    BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌvəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌvəri//
     
    (pl. discoveries)
     
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] an act or the process of finding somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before discovery (of something) the discovery of antibiotics in the 20th century The discovery of a child's body in the river has shocked the community. the discovery of new talent in the art world Researchers in this field have made some important new discoveries. He saw life as a voyage of discovery. discovery (that…) She was shocked by the discovery that he had been unfaithful. In 1974 Hawking made the discovery(= he discovered) that black holes give off radiation.
  2. 2  [countable] a thing, fact or person that is found or learned about for the first time The drug is not a new discovery—it's been known about for years.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from discover, on the pattern of the pair recover, recovery.Extra examples New scientific discoveries are being made all the time. The story tells of a man’s journey of personal discovery up an African river. Their work led to some important medical discoveries. There may be many unexpected treasures awaiting discovery. To tour Sri Lanka is to take a voyage of discovery through a land of endless variety. a discovery by a French scientist potentially the biggest archaeological discovery in Norway for fifty years the awful discovery that he had been deceiving her the discovery of oil in the North Sea the grisly discovery of a decapitated body He was shocked by the discovery that she had been unfaithful. Researchers have made some important new discoveries. The discovery of a child’s body in the river has shocked the community.
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