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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: descovrir, from Late Latin discooperire 'to uncover'

discover

verb
     
dis‧cov‧er S2 W1 [transitive]
1 to find someone or something, either by accident or because you were looking for them:
The body was discovered in a field.
Forest Service crews often discover campfires that have not been put out completely.
2 to find out something that you did not know about before:
The exercises let students discover math concepts on their own.
discover (that)
She discovered that she was pregnant.
discover who/what/how etc
His friends were shocked to discover how ill he was.
3 if someone discovers a new place, fact, substance etc, they are the first person to find it or know that it exists:
The Curies are best known for discovering radium.
4 to notice or try something for the first time and start to enjoy it:
At fourteen, Louise discovered boys.
5 to notice someone who is very good at something and help them to become successful and well-known:
a band that's waiting to be discovered
discoverer noun [countable]

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