1. To notice or learn, especially by making an effort: got home and discovered that the furnace wasnt working.
a. To be the first, or the first of ones group or kind, to find, learn of, or observe.
b. To learn about for the first time in ones experience: discovered a new restaurant on the west side.
3. To learn something about: discovered him to be an impostor; discovered the brake to be defective.
4. To identify (a person) as a potentially prominent performer: a movie star who was discovered in a drugstore by a producer.
5. Archaic To reveal or expose.
[Middle English discoveren, to reveal, from Old French descovrir, from Late Latin discooperre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin cooperre, to cover; see cover.]
Synonyms: discover, ascertain, determine, learn These verbs mean to gain knowledge or awareness of something not known before: discovered a star in a distant galaxy; ascertaining the facts; tried to determine the origins of the problem; learned the sad news from the radio.
discover /dskvr/ v.1 [I;T] to learn, find out: When she got to her door, she discovered she had lost her key.2 [T] to find, see, or learn of (s.t. no one knew before): Galileo discovered the planet Jupiter.3 [T] to invent: Scientists in England discovered penicillin.
Thesaurus: discover 1 to realize, recognize, see | come across s.t. 2 to identify, detect, locate, uncover.