1. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

Similar word(s): detect, find, notice, observe

Definition categories: perception, sight, spy

2. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

Similar word(s): hear, learn, see

Definition categories: cognition

3. make a discovery, make a new finding

- Roentgen discovered X-rays

Similar word(s): find

Definition categories: creation, conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, gestate

4. make a discovery

- The story is false, so far as I can discover

Similar word(s): find

Definition categories: cognition, discover, hear, learn, see

5. find unexpectedly

Similar word(s): attain, strike

Definition categories: possession, find, regain

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

Similar word(s): break, disclose, divulge, expose, reveal, uncover, unwrap

Definition categories: communication, tell

7. see for the first time; make a discovery

- Who discovered the North Pole?

Definition categories: perception

8. identify as in botany or biology, for example

Similar word(s): describe, distinguish, identify, key, name

Definition categories: cognition

Sentences with discover as a verb:

- The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand.

- This move discovers an attack on a vital pawn.

- I discovered my plans to the rest of the team.

- Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop. I discovered that they sold widgets.