discover

verb
ADVERB
quickly, soon

We soon discovered we'd been mistaken.

suddenly
subsequently
eventually, finally
accidentally
first, originally
VERB + DISCOVER
be amazed to, be astonished to, be astounded to, be surprised to

She was surprised to discover he was perfectly capable around the house.

be alarmed to, be appalled to, be dismayed to, be horrified to, be a shock to, be shocked to

It was a terrible shock to discover the full extent of the problem.

be delighted to, be fascinated to, be intrigued to
be fascinating to

It would be fascinating to discover more about the town's history.

be a surprise to, be surprising to
be difficult to
be possible to
aim to
attempt to, try to

We are trying to discover the truth about his disappearance.

be able to, be unable to
PHRASES
an attempt to discover sth
newly discovered, recently discovered

recently discovered evidence

only to discover sth

I arrived at the campsite, only to discover that it was closed for the winter.

an opportunity to discover sth
waiting to be discovered

There's great talent out there just waiting to be discovered.

Discover is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑archaeologist, ↑explorer, ↑researcher, ↑scientist
Discover is used with these nouns as the object: ↑answer, ↑body, ↑bug, ↑cause, ↑clue, ↑compound, ↑connection, ↑corpse, ↑correlation, ↑culprit, ↑cure, ↑discrepancy, ↑error, ↑evidence, ↑existence, ↑extent, ↑fate, ↑fault, ↑find, ↑flaw, ↑galaxy, ↑gold, ↑identity, ↑joy, ↑leak, ↑link, ↑love, ↑lump, ↑mistake, ↑moon, ↑mystery, ↑oil, ↑passion, ↑principle, ↑problem, ↑reason, ↑recipe, ↑relationship, ↑relic, ↑remains, ↑secret, ↑self, ↑skeleton, ↑strain, ↑strength, ↑talent, ↑trace, ↑treasure, ↑truth, ↑virus, ↑vulnerability, ↑way, ↑wonder, ↑wreck

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  • Discover — Dis*cov er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discovered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discovering}.] [OE. discoveren, discuren, descuren, OF. descovrir, descouvrir, F. d[ e]couvrir; des (L. dis ) + couvrir to cover. See {Cover}.] 1. To uncover. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discover — 1 *reveal, disclose, divulge, tell, betray Analogous words: impart, *communicate: *declare, announce, publish, advertise, proclaim 2 Discover, ascertain, determine, unearth, learn mean to find out something not previously known to one. Discover… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Discover — may refer to: Discover Card, a credit card brand Discover Financial, the parent company of the credit card brand Discover (magazine), an American science magazine Discover (album), a Cactus Jack album Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) NASA… …   Wikipedia

  • discover — dis·cov·er vt 1: to find out about, recognize, or realize for the first time when the victim discover s the fraud see also discovery rule 2 a: to make the subject of discovery b: to learn of or obtain (informa …   Law dictionary

  • Discover — bezeichnet: Discover (Zeitschrift), US amerikanisches Wissenschaftsmagazin Discover Card, US amerikanische Kreditkarte Discover Middleeast, deutsches Kultur und Wirtschaftsmagazin im Nahen Osten Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Discover — Dis*cov er, v. i. To discover or show one s self. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This done, they discover. Decker. [1913 Webster] Nor was this the first time that they discovered to be followers of this world. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discover — discover, invent To discover something is to find something that was hidden or not known; to invent something is to devise it by human effort: Halley discovered a comet and Galileo invented a telescope. Information as well as physical things can… …   Modern English usage

  • discover — [di skuv′ər] vt. [ME discoveren < OFr descovrir < LL discooperire, to discover, reveal: see DIS & COVER] 1. to be the first to find out, see, or know about 2. to find out; learn of the existence of; realize 3. to be the first nonnative… …   English World dictionary

  • discover — c.1300, divulge, reveal, disclose, from O.Fr. descovrir uncover, unroof, unveil, reveal, betray, from L.L. discooperire, from L. dis opposite of (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + cooperire to cover up (see COVER (Cf. cover)). At first with a sense of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • discover — [v] find, uncover ascertain, bring to light, catch, come across, come upon, conceive, contrive, debunk, design, detect, determine, devise, dig up, discern, disclose, distinguish, elicit, espy, explore, ferret out*, get wind of*, get wise to*,… …   New thesaurus

  • discover — ► VERB 1) find unexpectedly or in the course of a search. 2) become aware of (a fact or situation). 3) be the first to find or observe (a place, substance, or scientific phenomenon). DERIVATIVES discoverable adjective discoverer noun …   English terms dictionary

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