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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.


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.


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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