1. [ verb ] after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
Synonyms: determine find ascertain

"find the product of two numbers" "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"

Related terms: count situate refract admeasure gauge translate sequence redetermine rectify discover determine decision determination
2. [ verb ] get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
Synonyms: hear learn see discover 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: discover trip_up wise_up get_the_goods ascertain witness discovery discovery
3. [ verb ] find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
Synonyms: see check ascertain watch learn determine

"I want to see whether she speaks French" "See whether it works" "find out if he speaks Russian" "Check whether the train leaves on time"

Related terms: test determine see determination check
4. [ verb ] trap; esp. in an error or in a reprehensible act
Synonyms: catch_out

"He was caught out" "She was found out when she tried to cash the stolen checks"

Related terms: detect