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verb [transitive] discover pronunciation in American English /dɪˈskʌvər/
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present tense
present participlediscovering
past tensediscovered
past participlediscovered
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  1. 1
    to find out something that you did not know before
    The two men decided to discover the truth for themselves.
    discover (that): He became very friendly when he discovered that she was my sister.
    discover whether: Checks are made to discover whether applicants have a criminal record.
  2. 2
    to find a place, fact, or substance that no one knew about before
    William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781.
    New antimalarial drugs have been discovered.
    See also invent
  3. 3
    to find out about a place or activity that is new to you
    Why not spend a week discovering the beauty of Sri Lanka?
    I have only recently discovered the benefits of meditation.
  4. 4
    to find someone or something that was missing or hidden
    Police discovered his body on wasteland yesterday.
    I finally discovered the letter at the back of the drawer.


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