See also: Discover
- discovre (obsolete)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪsˈkʌvə/
- (Northern England) IPA(key): /dɪsˈkʊvə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /dɪsˈkʌvɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ʌvə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: dis‧cov‧er
- To find or learn something for the first time.
- Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop. I discovered that they sold widgets.
- (transitive, obsolete) To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.).
- (transitive, now rare) To expose, uncover.
- The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand.
- (transitive, chess) To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack.
- This move discovers an attack on a vital pawn.
- (transitive, archaic) To reveal (information); to divulge, make known.
- I discovered my plans to the rest of the team.
- Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover / The several caskets to this noble prince.
- Francis Bacon
- Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.
- (transitive, obsolete) To reconnoitre, explore (an area).
- 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London]: Enprynted and fynysshed in thabbey Westmestre [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur by Syr Thomas Malory; the Original Edition of William Caxton Now Reprinted and Edited with an Introduction and Glossary by H. Oskar Sommer, Ph.D.; with an Essay on Malory’s Prose Style by Andrew Lang, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034:, Bk.V, ch.ix:
- they seyde the same, and were aggreed that Sir Clegis, Sir Claryon, and Sir Clement the noble, that they sholde dyscover the woodys, bothe the dalys and the downys.
- (obsolete) To manifest without design; to show; to exhibit.
- C. J. Smith
- The youth discovered a taste for sculpture.
- 1806, Alexander Hunter, Culina Famulatrix Medicinæ, page 125:
- The English Cooks keep all their Spices in separate boxes, but the French Cooks make a spicey mixture that does not discover a predominancy of any one of the spices over the others.
- C. J. Smith
- (expose something previously covered): expose, reveal, uncover
- (find something for the first time): come across, find
expose something previously covered
find something for the first time
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