discover

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Borrowed from Old French descovrir, from Late Latin discoperīre < discooperiō, discooperīre, from Latin dis- + cooperiō.

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discover (third-person singular simple present discovers, present participle discovering, simple past and past participle discovered)

  1. To find or learn something for the first time.
    Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop. I discovered that they sold widgets.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.).
  3. (transitive, now rare) To expose, uncover.
    The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand.
  4. (transitive, chess) To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack.
    This move discovers an attack on a vital pawn.
  5. (transitive, archaic) To reveal (information); to divulge, make known.
    I discovered my plans to the rest of the team.
    • Shakespeare
      Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover / The several caskets to this noble prince.
    • Francis Bacon
      Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To reconnoitre, explore (an area).
    • 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London]: Enprynted and fynysshed in thabbey Westmestre [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur by Syr Thomas Malory; the Original Edition of William Caxton Now Reprinted and Edited with an Introduction and Glossary by H. Oskar Sommer, Ph.D.; with an Essay on Malory’s Prose Style by Andrew Lang, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034:
      , Bk.V, ch.ix:
      they seyde the same, and were aggreed that Sir Clegis, Sir Claryon, and Sir Clement the noble, that they sholde dyscover the woodys, bothe the dalys and the downys.
  7. (obsolete) To manifest without design; to show; to exhibit.
    • C. J. Smith
      The youth discovered a taste for sculpture.
    • 1806, Alexander Hunter, Culina Famulatrix Medicinæ, page 125:
      The English Cooks keep all their Spices in separate boxes, but the French Cooks make a spicey mixture that does not discover a predominancy of any one of the spices over the others.

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