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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
discover
verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
amazed to see/find/discover sth
▪ Visitors are often amazed to discover how little the town has changed.
discover/find a connection
▪ This is the first official investigation to find a connection.
discover/find oil
▪ Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938.
▪ How does a company go about finding oil and getting it from the ground?
discover/find out a secret
▪ He was afraid that someone would discover his secret.
discover/find out sb’s fate
▪ He only discovered his sister’s fate after the war.
discover/find out the extent of sth
▪ We were shocked when we discovered the extent of the fraud.
discover/find the cause
▪ An investigation has failed to discover the cause of the epidemic.
dismayed to see/discover/learn etc
▪ Ruth was dismayed to see how thin he had grown.
disturbed to find/see/discover/learn etc
▪ She was disturbed to learn he had bought a motorbike.
find out/discover sb’s identity
▪ The police have yet to discover the victim’s identity.
find out/discover/uncover the truth
▪ She was determined to find out the truth.
find/discover a cure
▪ Scientists are still hoping to find a cure for the common cold.
identify/discover a gene (=find a particular gene which is responsible for something)
▪ Scientists have identified a gene which seems to protect Chinese people from some types of cancer.
shock sb to hear/learn/discover etc that
▪ They had been shocked to hear that the hospital was closing down.
▪ It shocked me to think how close we had come to being killed.
uncover/discover a plot
▪ They didn’t suspect that their plot had been uncovered.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
how
▪ But he soon discovered how hard it is to rein-in affairs of the heart.
▪ Research may well be undertaken to discover how effective it is proving.
▪ The problem is to discover how these familiar zones are bounded and how they are crossed.
▪ While Kinsey discovered how many people were doing what, Masters and Johnson explained what happened when they did it.
▪ In his second hundred days, he will have to discover how to turn his ideas into lasting achievements.
▪ He sees that Shakespeare discovered how he might use analogy and metaphor as themost acute representation of a mind engaged in thought.
▪ There was no need to rush about trying to discover how it was done.
later
▪ The invoice for the painting described it as being by Munter, but was later discovered to be a forgery.
▪ She escapes and later discovers that her attacker is a suspected serial killer.
▪ I later discovered the truth of the Goring matter from Masko.
▪ Janie was surprised when she discovered later that all food did not arrive in paste form.
▪ Soon after hitting the water, I saw a Hurricane above me which I discovered later was Barber.
▪ It was later discovered that Granato actually picked up assist No. 200 Friday night.
▪ And, as I came to discover later, a genuine feel for a story.
▪ One can imagine his excitement when he later discovered the similarities in progression between the hexagrams and his own binary arithmetic.
recently
▪ This has galleries on two levels, the lower one for the recently discovered paintings, the upper one for temporary exhibitions.
▪ A key chemical messenger in this process is leptin, a recently discovered hormone made by fat cells.
▪ The company also shared in new output from the Angus field and has an interest in the recently discovered Fife field.
▪ A second problem emerged with the need to construct lightweight vessels to contain the recently discovered gas helium.
▪ Three bodies were recently discovered at Simrudu police station, close to where the 15 villagers were murdered.
▪ Morrison said Apple had recently discovered flawed chips on the computers' main circuit boards could make them freeze up.
▪ I only recently discovered her connection with this place, and that was by accident.
soon
▪ But Oppenheimer soon discovered that physicist I. I. Rabi and others balked at militarization.
▪ Any computer user soon discovers that sometimes hardware, and more often software, is extremely fallible.
▪ As the prince soon discovers, even this severe sentence is insufficient to suppress the quarrel.
▪ Brandt's secret method of preparation was soon discovered.
▪ But Joe soon discovered that naval officials in Rangoon had no record of his Kunming telegram.
▪ I soon discovered she had her dates right and she was premature.
▪ It was soon discovered, by conversation, that it was a bloodless battle.
■ NOUN
body
▪ He discovered the body, and we called the police.
▪ Horrified customs authorities discovered the bodies.
▪ It was in the third to be opened that they discovered Pierre Fontaine's body.
▪ On patrol, game warden Jay Little Hawk discovers the bodies of a herd of mutilated deer.
▪ A policeman on patrol discovered the bodies at a remote beauty spot near Charterhouse, Somerset.
▪ March 26, authorities discovered 39 bodies in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
▪ At around two that afternoon one Sandinista driver discovered the dead bodies of three contras near the bridge.
▪ Police discovered the first body at this house in Nelson Street in the Jericho area of Oxford.
cause
▪ We have already discovered some of the causes of many kinds of cancer, which have been mentioned earlier in this book.
▪ By the 1970s, researchers discovered that a major cause of childhood blindness in Third World countries was vitamin A deficiency.
▪ Relying on tablets for the relief of pain without trying to discover its cause can be positively dangerous.
▪ We too had a humming in the dead of night for about two years until we discovered the cause.
▪ His glee made Bowring nervous about discovering its cause.
▪ Castle, this 1959 thriller casts Price as a mad scientist who discovers the biological cause of fear in human beings.
▪ In their anomalous behaviour electric arcs seemed to defy Ohm's Law and she discovered the cause of this.
▪ What is more important is to discover the causes of delay, without which general conclusions are likely to be unhelpful.
identity
▪ We say that he discovers his identity as he learns to distinguish between his body and the rest of the world.
▪ But we should be clear that we are redressing a difference, not discovering an identity.
▪ Later, when he discovered the identity of the child, then thirteen, he wrote to apologize.
▪ As a soldier under the Whites there was a price on his head; some one would soon discover his true identity.
▪ Countless disciples have begun to discover their new identity as Christians through the same process.
▪ How on earth had Goebbels discovered the identity of the one remaining escapee?
▪ The plaintiff may want, even more than damages, to discover the identity of the source.
▪ As a consequence, a parent is unlikely to discover the identity of an informant if that person has requested confidentiality.
truth
▪ My admiration for him was in proportion to the effort that had been necessary to discover the truth.
▪ The full inquests will be heard in May at the earliest, with families hoping at last to discover the truth.
▪ But United Nations officials called for caution, saying a government investigation was necessary to discover the truth.
▪ The root of materialism is probably a firm commitment to empirical scientific method as the only reliable way to discover truth.
▪ How much would it hurt him, she was wondering, when he finally discovered the truth about his fiancée?
■ VERB
try
▪ Another important branch of philosophy relevant here is metaphysics, which tries to discover the basic structure of reality.
▪ Social scientists have spent decades trying to discover why some corporate chief executives make more money than others.
▪ Looking about at the crowd of faces, she tried to discover who was watching her.
▪ Ralph had no idea what she meant, but he listened as though trying to discover his essential human worth.
▪ Each time there's a local sighting I usually find an excuse to go out and try to discover it myself.
▪ We tried to discover and define how that person was different from us.
▪ And that's the problem facing conservationists who are trying to discover where the dormice are.
▪ So I tried to discover if there was a traditional protection against shipworm attack.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Australian researchers have discovered a substance in coffee that acts like morphine.
▪ Fire officers are still trying to discover the cause of the fire.
▪ I began to learn the guitar, and discovered that I was pretty good at it.
▪ Police discovered 500 pounds of dynamite in the house.
▪ She discovered the job wasn't as easy as it might seem.
▪ She used to go to Hollywood parties, hoping to be discovered.
▪ The planet Pluto was discovered in 1930.
▪ The two girls were inseparable until Veronica discovered boys.
▪ The Vikings may have discovered America long before Columbus.
▪ They never discovered who the murderer was.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ I have at last discovered the true secret to quitting smoking.
▪ It discovered that social problems-issues of motivation, attitude, and expectations-were a greater obstacle than lack of programs.
▪ Okay, a scientist reports the measurement of the temperature of a new discovered planet to be minus point eight degrees.
▪ Only after users discovered the flaw and began discussing it on the Internet did Intel admit the problem.
▪ Soon after hitting the water, I saw a Hurricane above me which I discovered later was Barber.
▪ The basic information they needed had been discovered more than two centuries before.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Discover

Discover \Dis*cov"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discovered; p. pr. & vb. n. Discovering.] [OE. discoveren, discuren, descuren, OF. descovrir, descouvrir, F. d['e]couvrir; des- (L. dis-) + couvrir to cover. See Cover.]

  1. To uncover. [Obs.]

    Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered any church.
    --Abp. Grindal.

  2. To disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret, unseen, or unknown). [Archaic]

    Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover The several caskets to this noble prince.
    --Shak.

    Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.
    --Bacon.

    We will discover ourselves unto them.
    --1 Sam. xiv. 8.

    Discover not a secret to another.
    --Prov. xxv. 9.

  3. To obtain for the first time sight or knowledge of, as of a thing existing already, but not perceived or known; to find; to ascertain; to espy; to detect. [WordNet sense 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]

    Some to discover islands far away.
    --Shak.

  4. To manifest without design; to show.

    The youth discovered a taste for sculpture.
    --C. J. Smith.

  5. To explore; to examine. [Obs.]

    Syn: To disclose; bring out; exhibit; show; manifest; reveal; communicate; impart; tell; espy; find; out; detect. -- To Discover, Invent. We discover what existed before, but remained unknown; we invent by forming combinations which are either entirely new, or which attain their end by means unknown before. Columbus discovered America; Newton discovered the law of gravitation; Whitney invented the cotton gin; Galileo invented the telescope.

Discover

Discover \Dis*cov"er\, v. i. To discover or show one's self. [Obs.]

This done, they discover.
--Decker.

Nor was this the first time that they discovered to be followers of this world.
--Milton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
discover

c.1300, "divulge, reveal, disclose," from Old French descovrir "uncover, unroof, unveil, reveal, betray," from Late Latin discooperire, from Latin dis- "opposite of" (see dis-) + cooperire "to cover up" (see cover). At first with a sense of betrayal or malicious exposure (discoverer originally meant "informant"); the meaning "to obtain knowledge or sight of what was not known" is from 1550s. Related: Discovered; discovering.

Wiktionary
discover

vb. 1 (context transitive obsolete English) To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.). 2 (context transitive now rare English) To expose, uncover. 3 (context transitive chess English) To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack. 4 (context transitive archaic English) To reveal (information); to divulge, make known. 5 (context transitive obsolete English) To reconnoitre, explore (an area). 6 To find or learn something for the first time.

WordNet
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" [syn: detect, observe, find, notice]

  2. make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle" [syn: find]

  3. 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" [syn: learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, see]

  4. make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover" [syn: find]

  5. find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake" [syn: fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain]

  6. 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 out the truth"; "he broke the news to her" [syn: disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, expose, divulge, impart, break, give away, let out]

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

  8. identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: identify, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name]

Wikipedia
Discover (magazine)

Discover is an American general audience science magazine launched in October 1980 by Time Inc. It has been owned by Kalmbach Publishing since 2010.

Discover (album)

Discover, written as DisCover on the cover, is the first album by Serbian hard rock band Cactus Jack.

The album features nineteen cover songs and was recorded from a Cactus Jack concert in a Coupe club in Pančevo. Tracks " Hard to Handle" and " Tush" featured Paja Bogdanović on vocals.

DISCover

Digital Interactive Systems Corporation (or DISCover) is a company specializing in gaming technology for PCs. They are the creators of the DISCover technology which allow PC games to be played like a video game console. The technology, which features the "Drop and Play" engine, auto-plays CDs or DVDs and automates scripts for installing and updating games. Consoles with the engine connect to the Internet for game updates. This technology debuted at the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Machines using DISCover technology include the Apex Extreme, Alienware DHS 2 and DHS 5.

In August 2007, DISCover announced that their Hardcore White-Label Gaming System, or HAWGS, technology would be used for FiringSquad's Ammo digital distribution service. In September 2007 DISCover have also created the InstaPlay desktop client which improves the ease of use for accessing games. DISCover chief executive officer David Ferrigno addressed Instaplay concerns and comparisons with other digital distribution services such as Direct2Drive and Steam.

Discover (Why the Love Hurts)

"Discover (Why the Love Hurts)" is the first single from the classically influenced pop/rock band Elliot Minor's second album, Solaris. It was released for download in March 2009 via MySpace's School Invasions Tour, in which the band played shows at five different schools in five regions of the United Kingdom during April and May 2009. Citizens were allowed to vote for which schools the band would play in, and received a free download of the song as a result.

Elliot Minor have cited their label's handling of this single as one of the reasons why they left their partnership with Warner Bros.

Usage examples of "discover".

From a chance remark of the Abyssinian, Werper discovered the purpose of the expedition, and when he realized that these men were the enemies of Achmet Zek, he took heart, and immediately blamed his predicament upon the Arab.

I had discovered that the majority of Wraeththu rarely passed to a higher level than Acantha, which is the first of Ulani.

An isotope discovered only four years earlier, called U-235 or actinouranium, could conceivably fire off in a self-sustaining explosion of incalculable magnitude.

The toga, she discovered, had disappeared, but she was learning not to be too surprised about anything Adonis did and in any case, she was fully aroused herself.

With the help of the Aer Lingus staff, Neagle had discovered that two days before her departure for London the lady had arrived in Dublin on an Aer Lingus flight from New York.

He had dwelt here in the Scarlet Pylon, alone with his memories amid the ruins of his people, until the coming of Sarchimus, who discovered him during a period of slumber or aestivation, when he was virtually helpless.

Lombard checked his watch, made a mental adjustment of time-zones, and discovered that at precisely this moment ten days earlier he had been at the fraternity building on the edge of the Afrasian U.

New England who will not tell you how Agassiz used to lock a student up in a room full of turtle-shells, or lobster-shells, or oyster-shells, without a book or a word to help him, and not let him out till he had discovered all the truths which the objects contained.

Pentheus, the king, who would attempt to imprison and humiliate him, Dionysos would send after them to spy on their rites, where, discovered, the king would be torn to pieces, and Agave his mother would wrench off his head.

The agents from the Egyptian counterintelligence branch suggested that Nancy bring this newly discovered asset to the attention of one of their agents, who was attempting to infiltrate Middle Eastern terrorist groups.

DSS and DEA agents discovered across the globe in Islamabad at the time of his takedown.

THOUGH life in the courtyard of the Lady Aiee might have luxurious outer trappings, it was not, Ray discovered, an idle one for any of them.

In the meantime I will try to discover what ails the Kingin body or in spirit.

Soon a landing proved feasible, as they came to just the kind of open plot the air service boys yearned to discover.

Nevertheless it was also amazing to realize how by what might be called a freak of fate the air service boys had been enabled to discover these facts.