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Definition of the verb discover

What does discover mean as a doing word?

Discover is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: discovered | discovering | discovers

  1. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate]He asserts himself to be the world's foremost authorityVerbs with Predicative Complements: admit, affirm, assert, attest, aver, avouch, avow, claim, confirm, contend, grant, guarantee, maintain, observe, reaffirm, show
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]The prisoner admitted that he may have been in the area
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]The prisoner admitted his guilt
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]I discovered how she did itDiscover Verbs: ascertain, deduce, determine, figure out, find, guess, rationalize, realize, solve
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]I discovered that it didn't make sense
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]I discovered how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-extraction]I discovered what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-infinitive clause]I discovered what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]I discovered the fleece
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of discover: detect / find / notice / observe
    • more generic words: sight / spy = catch sight of
    • more specific terms:
  2. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    • example: They discover that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]I discovered how she did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]I discovered that it didn't make sense
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]I discovered how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-extraction]I discovered what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-infinitive clause]I discovered what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]I discovered the fleece

      Discover Verbs (with the same syntax): ascertain, deduce, determine, figure out, find, guess, rationalize, realize, solve.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of discover: find out / get a line / get wind / get word / hear / learn / pick up / see
    • more specific terms:
  3. make a discovery, make a new finding
  4. make a discovery
  5. find unexpectedly
  6. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  7. see for the first time; make a discovery
    • example: Who discovered the North Pole?
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more specific word: rediscover = discover again
    • entailment: comprehend / perceive = to become aware of through the senses
  8. identify as in botany or biology, for example

Alternative definition of the verb discover

verb

  1. [transitive, obsolete] To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.).
  2. [transitive, now rare] To expose, uncover.
  3. [transitive, chess] To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack.
  4. [transitive, archaic] To reveal (information); to divulge, make known.
  5. [transitive, obsolete] To reconnoitre, explore (an area).
  6. To find something for the first time.

Business

  1. Discover is a record label.
  2. Discover is a record label.

Music

  1. "Discover", written as DisCover on the cover, is the first album by Serbian hard rock band Cactus Jack.
  2. "Discover" is a musical album of Carlos Núñez.
    • released on
  3. "Discover" is a musical album of Gene Loves Jezebel.
    • also known as Discover (disc 2)
    • released in (29 years ago)
  4. "Discover" is a musical album of Felix Kröcher.
  5. "Discover" is a musical album of Di-rect.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  6. "Discover" is a musical EP of Bicicletas.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  7. "Discover" is the 2008 compilation album by Alice in Chains.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  8. "Discover" is a musical album of 있다.
    • released on
  9. "Discover" is a musical album of Bardic.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  10. "Discover" a.k.a. "Discover!!!" is a musical EP of The Solace Bros..
    • released in (12 years ago)
  11. "Discover" is a musical EP of Cold Electric.
    • released in (8 years ago)

Writings

"Discover" is a book by Dov Moshe Lipman.

  • also known as "Discover: answers for teenagers (and adults) to questions about the Jewish faith"

Miscellanea

  1. Discover is an American science magazine that publishes articles about science for a general audience. The monthly magazine was launched in October 1980 by Time Inc. It was sold to Family Media, the owners of Health, in 1987. The Walt Disney Company bought the magazine when Family Media went out of business in 1991. In October 2005 Discover was sold to two media investment companies. Bob Guccione, Jr., founder of Spin and Gear magazines, served as CEO for the first two years, followed by Henry Donahue. It was sold to Kalmbach Publishing in 2010, and the current editor-in-chief as of December 2012 is Stephen C. George.
  2. DISCover: Digital Interactive Systems Corporation is a company specializing in gaming technology for PCs. They are the creators of the DISCover technology which allow PC games to be played like a video game console. The technology, which features the "Drop and Play" engine, auto-plays CDs or DVDs and automates scripts for installing and updating games. Consoles with the engine connect to the Internet for game updates. This technology debuted at the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo.
  3. Discover is a TV program, begun in (10 years ago).

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Discover

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Google previewPowerful Profits From Poker (2014)

by Victor H. Royer

you begin to play poker and gain more experience, one of the first things that you will discover is that there is a great...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

dissuade Discouragement—deterrent Discouraging—unfavourable Discourse —lecture Discourteous—badmannered, disrespectful, impolite, rude, uncivil Discourteously blunt—brusque Discover—detect, find, learn, trace, find out Discover ...

Google previewLogic and Lexicon (2013)

The Semantics of the Indefinite by Manfred Pinkal

Columbus failed to discover Australia. (t2) Columbus had a reasonable oppurtunity to discover Australia. (t2) is undoubtedly false (although the sentence itself has a high potential for indefiniteness). Nevertheless, one could say with some ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena (2007)

by J Gordon Melton

Discover. a. World. of. Religious. Wonders. Mankind continues to search for meaning, truth, and enlightenment, and religion has always played a critical role in this search. Angels, comets, architectural marvels, and religious figures such as ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

To DISCOVER. v. a [decouvrir, Fr. dis and cover.) 1. To shew ; to disclose; to bring to light; to make visible. 3. To expose to view.-The cover of the coach was made with such joints, that as they might, to avoid the weather, pull it up close, so they ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To DISCOVER. *. a [aecouvrir, Pr. dis Slid cover.] 1. To shew ; to disclose* to bring td light ; to make visible. 1. To expose to view.— The cover of the coach was made with sueh joints, that as thev might, to .avoid the weather, pull it up close, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling (2008)

by Frederick T. Leong

DISCOVER includes the ACT's Interest Inventory (UNIACT), the Inventory of Work -Relevant Abilities, and the Inventory of Work-Relevant Values. Each inventory has been developed through extensive research, and psychometric information is ...

Google previewCurious George's Dictionary (2008)

by Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries

discover They discover.

Google previewSarup's Dictionary of Biotechnology (2000)

by Rita Singh

Since host-specific toxins for weeds may be hard to discover, it may be more promising to discover, it may be more promising to focus on cloning and transfer of genes controlling production of nonspecific toxins. Working volume. The maximum ...

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Usage statistics about discover

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb discover:

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Quotes about Discover

Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue. (Francis Bacon)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1C3O1V4E1R1

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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