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  1. dis·cov·er
    IPA[dəˈskəvər]
  2. verb

    • 1. find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search:

      firemen discovered a body in the debris she discovered her lover in the arms of another woman
      Synonym : find, locate, come across, come upon, stumble on, chance on, light on, bring to light, uncover, unearth, turn up, track down, run down, run to earth, run to ground, smoke out
    • 2. become aware of (a fact or situation):

      the courage to discover the truth and possibly be disappointed it was a relief to discover that he wasn't in
      Synonym : find out, come to know, learn, realize, recognize, see, ascertain, work out, fathom out, detect, determine, spot, notice, perceive, dig up/out, ferret out, root out, nose out, dredge up, reveal, disclose, get wise to the fact, get wind of the fact, have an aha moment, figure out, sniff out, rumble, tumble to, twig, suss out, dope out
    • 3. be the first to find or observe (a place, substance, or scientific phenomenon):

      Fleming discovered penicillin early in the twentieth century
      Synonym : hit on, come up with, invent, originate, devise, design, contrive, conceive of, pioneer, develop
    • 4. perceive the attractions of (an activity or subject) for the first time:

      a teenager who has recently discovered fashion
    • 5. be the first to recognize the potential of (an actor, singer, or musician):

      I discovered the band back in the mid 70s
    • 6. divulge (a secret):

      they contain some secrets which Time will discover
    • 7. disclose the identity of (someone):

      she at last discovered herself to me
    • 8. display (a quality or feeling):

      with what agility did these military men discover their skill in feats of war
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: discover, 3rd person present: discovers, gerund or present participle: discovering, past tense: discovered, past participle: discovered

    • verb

      find unexpectedly or during a search:

      become aware of (a fact or situation):

    • noun

      a check which results when a player moves a piece or pawn so as to put the opponent's king in check from another piece.
    • noun

      a check which results when a player moves a piece or pawn so as to put the opponent's king in check from another piece.
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