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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dis·cov·er /dɪsˈkʌvɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]