1 [countable/uncountable] the process of learning something that was not known before, or of finding someone or something that was missing or hidden
The award recognizes distinction in exploration, discovery, and research.
Our country continues to lead the world in scientific discoveries.
discovery of: Police announced the discovery of the body late last night.
discovery that: the discovery that the universe is expanding
make a discovery: We made some interesting discoveries about our own family.
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