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From Middle English discoveren, from Old French descovrir, from Late Latin discoperīre < discooperiō, discooperīre, from Latin dis- + cooperiō. Displaced native Old English onfindan.



discover (third-person singular simple present discovers, present participle discovering, simple past and past participle discovered)

  1. To find or learn something for the first time.
    Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop. I discovered that they sold widgets.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.).
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt, Olympia Press:
      He set down his bags beside him, on the beautiful red floor, and he took off his hat, for he had reached his destination, discovering his scant red hair, and laid it on the table beside him.
  3. (transitive, now rare) To expose, uncover.
    The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand.
  4. (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.
  5. (law, transitive) To question (a person) as part of discovery in a lawsuit.
    • 2019 July 2, Ward K. Branch, J., “Gordon v. Canada, 2017 FC 454”, in CanLII[1], retrieved 13 April 2021:
      Indeed, the plaintiffs suggest that they may not need to call Ms. Samji at all if they are allowed to discover the defendant on the new documents before any new trial takes place.
  6. (transitive, archaic) To reveal (information); to divulge, make known.
    I discovered my plans to the rest of the team.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To reconnoitre, explore (an area).
    • 1470–1485 (date produced), Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book V, [London: [] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur [], London: David Nutt, [], 1889, OCLC 890162034:
      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.
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  8. (obsolete) To manifest without design; to show; to exhibit.
    • 1871, Charles John Smith, Synonyms Discriminated
      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.



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