|1.||[ verb ] get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally|
|Synonyms:||hear learn see find_out pick_up get_word get_a_line get_wind|
"I learned that she has two grown-up children" "I see that you have been promoted"
|Related terms:||trip_up wise_up ascertain get_the_goods witness discovery discovery|
|2.||[ verb ] discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of|
|Synonyms:||find observe notice detect|
"She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water" "We found traces of lead in the paint"
|Related terms:||sight develop sense instantiate find_out trace see observation determination discovery perceiver detector discovery discovery notice detection finding detecting observation observation discoverer detector|
|3.||[ verb ] make a discovery, make a new finding|
"Roentgen discovered X-rays" "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
|Related terms:||conceive detect determine discovery discovery finding inventor|
|4.||[ verb ] make a discovery|
"She found that he had lied to her" "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
|Related terms:||learn rake_up ferret_out ferret learn discovery discovery|
|5.||[ verb ] find unexpectedly|
|Synonyms:||come_upon come_across strike happen_upon attain chance_upon chance_on fall_upon light_upon|
"the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb" "she struck a goldmine" "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
|Related terms:||find discovery|
|6.||[ verb ] find unexpectedly|
|Synonyms:||come_upon come_across strike happen_upon light_upon chance_on fall_upon chance_upon attain|
: "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb" "she struck a goldmine" "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
|7.||[ verb ] make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret|
|Synonyms:||disclose reveal expose declare give_away break let_out divulge let_on impart bring_out|
"The auction house would not disclose the price" "She won't reveal her age" "bring out the truth" "he broke the news to her"
|Related terms:||tell betray confide tattle leak spring blow come_out_of_the_closet spring out blackwash muckrake reveal break discovery disclosure revelation exposure conveyance divulgence expose break|
|8.||[ verb ] see for the first time; make a discovery|
"Who discovered the North Pole?"
|Related terms:||rediscover discovery perceive|
|9.||[ verb ] as in botany or biology, for example|
|Synonyms:||identify name key describe distinguish key_out|
|Related terms:||name identity classify|