Dis·cov·er v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discovered p. pr. & vb. n. Discovering.]
1. To uncover. [Obs.]
Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered any church. --Abp. Grindal.
2. To disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret, unseen, or unknown). [Archaic]
Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover
The several caskets to this noble prince. --Shak.
Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue. --Bacon.
We will discover ourselves unto them. --1 Sam. xiv. 8.
Discover not a secret to another. --Prov. xxv. 9.
3. To obtain for the first time sight or knowledge of, as of a thing existing already, but not perceived or known; to find; to ascertain; to espy; to detect. [wns=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
Some to discover islands far away. --Shak.
4. To manifest without design; to show.
The youth discovered a taste for sculpture. --C. J. Smith.
5. To explore; to examine. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To disclose; bring out; exhibit; show; manifest; reveal; communicate; impart; tell; espy; find; out; detect. -- To Discover, Invent. We discover what existed before, but remained unknown; we invent by forming combinations which are either entirely new, or which attain their end by means unknown before. Columbus discovered America; Newton discovered the law of gravitation; Whitney invented the cotton gin; Galileo invented the telescope.
Dis·cov·er, v. i. To discover or show one's self. [Obs.]
This done, they discover. --Decker.
Nor was this the first time that they discovered to be followers of this world. --Milton.
v 1: discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of;
"She detected high levels of lead in her drinking
water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint" [syn: detect,
observe, find, notice]
2: make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered
X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary
particle" [syn: find]
3: get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I
learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that
you have been promoted" [syn: learn, hear, get word,
get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, see]
4: make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The
story is false, so far as I can discover" [syn: find]
5: find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old
tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck
the main path to the lake" [syn: fall upon, strike, come
upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance
on, happen upon, attain]
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; "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" [syn: disclose, let on, bring out, reveal,
expose, divulge, impart, break, give away, let
7: see for the first time; make a discovery; "Who discovered
the North Pole?"
8: identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: identify,
key, key out, distinguish, describe, name]