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Dictionary definition for: Discover

1. (v) discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of; "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water" "We found traces of lead in the paint"

2. (v) make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays" "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"

3. (v) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I learned that she has two grown-up children" "I see that you have been promoted"

4. (v) make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her" "The story is false, so far as I can discover"

5. (v) find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb" "she struck a goldmine" "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

6. (v) make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold" "The actress won''t reveal how old she is" "bring

7. (v) see for the first time; make a discovery; "Who discovered the North Pole?"

8. (v) identify as in botany or biology, for example

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