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English verb: discover

1. discover (perception) discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of


SamplesShe detected high levels of lead in her drinking water.
We found traces of lead in the paint.


Synonymsdetect, find, notice, observe


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)sight, spy


Narrower (hyponym)catch out, find out, instantiate, see, sense, trace


Verb groupdiscover, find

2. discover (cognition) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally


SamplesI learned that she has two grown-up children.
I see that you have been promoted.


ExamplesThey discover that there was a traffic accident


Synonymsfind out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Narrower (hyponym)ascertain, catch, discover, find, get the goods, trip up, wise up


Verb groupfind, see, witness

3. discover (creation) make a discovery, make a new finding


SamplesRoentgen discovered X-rays.
Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle.


Synonymsfind


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, gestate


Verb groupascertain, detect, determine, discover, discover, find, find, find, find out, notice, observe

4. discover (cognition) make a discovery


SamplesShe found that he had lied to her.
The story is false, so far as I can discover.


Synonymsfind


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see


Narrower (hyponym)ferret, ferret out, rake up


Verb groupdiscover, find

5. discover (possession) find unexpectedly


SamplesThe archeologists chanced upon an old tomb.
She struck a goldmine.
The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake.


Synonymsattain, chance on, chance upon, come across, come upon, fall upon, happen upon, light upon, strike


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)find, regain

6. discover (communication) make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret


SamplesThe 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.
Unwrap the evidence in the murder case.


Synonymsbreak, bring out, disclose, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)tell


Narrower (hyponym)babble, babble out, betray, bewray, blab, blab out, blackwash, blow, come out, come out of the closet, confide, leak, let the cat out of the bag, muckrake, out, out, peach, reveal, sing, spill the beans, spring, talk, tattle


Causebreak, get around, get out


Verb groupbreak, get around, get out

7. discover (perception) see for the first time; make a discovery


SamplesWho discovered the North Pole?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)rediscover


Entailcomprehend, perceive

8. discover (cognition) identify as in botany or biology, for example


Synonymsdescribe, distinguish, identify, key, key out, name


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Entailassort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out









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