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Old French[edit]


From Late Latin discoperīre < discooperīre, present active infinitive of discooperiō, from Latin dis- + cooperiō; equivalent to des- +‎ covrir. Compare Modern Spanish descubrir.



  1. to uncover, to reveal
  2. (by extension) to discover
    • circa 1250, Marie de France, Guigemar
      Amur li dune hardement, il li descovre sun talent.
      Love gave him boldness, he discovered his own desire.


This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has a stressed present stem descuevr distinct from the unstressed stem descovr, as well as other irregularities. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.


  • English: discover
  • French: découvrir
  • Norman: dêcouvri (Jersey)