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- discovre (obsolete)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪsˈkʌvə/
- (Northern England) IPA(key): /dɪsˈkʊvə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /dɪsˈkʌvɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ʌvə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: dis‧cov‧er
- To find or learn something for the first time.
Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop. I discovered that they sold widgets.
- (transitive, obsolete) To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.).
- (transitive, now rare) To expose, uncover.
The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand.
- (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.
- (transitive, archaic) To reveal (information); to divulge, make known.
I discovered my plans to the rest of the team.
- 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.
- (transitive, obsolete) To reconnoitre, explore (an area).
- (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.
- C. J. Smith
- (expose something previously covered): expose, reveal, uncover
- (find something for the first time): come across, find
expose something previously covered
find something for the first time
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