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(1)   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"
(2)   Identify as in botany or biology, for example
(3)   Make a discovery
"She found that he had lied to her"
"The story is false, so far as I can discover"
(4)   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"
"Unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
(5)   Make a discovery, make a new finding
"Roentgen discovered X-rays"
"Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
(6)   See for the first time; make a discovery
"Who discovered the North Pole?"
(7)   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"
(8)   Find unexpectedly
"The archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"
"She struck a goldmine"
"The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"


From , from + .


  1. To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.).
  2. To expose, uncover.
    The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand.
  3. To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack.
    This move discovers an attack on a vital pawn.
  4. To reveal (information); to divulge, make known.
    I discovered my plans to the rest of the team.
  5. To reconnoitre, explore (an area).
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
      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.
  6. To find something for the first time.
    Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop.