dis·cov·er / disˈkəvər/ • v. [tr.] 1. find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search: firemen discovered a body in the debris | she discovered her lover in the arms of another woman. ∎ become aware of (a fact or situation): the courage to discover the truth and possibly be disappointed | it was a relief to discover that he wasn't in. ∎ be the first to find or observe (a place, substance, or scientific phenomenon): Fleming discovered penicillin early in the twentieth century. ∎ perceive the attractions of (an activity or subject) for the first time: a teenager who has recently discovered fashion. ∎ be the first to recognize the potential of (an actor, singer, or musician): I discovered the band back in the mid 70s.2. archaic divulge (a secret): they contain some secrets which Time will discover. ∎ disclose the identity of (someone): she at last discovered herself to me. ∎ display (a quality or feeling): with what agility did these military men discover their skill in feats of war.DERIVATIVES: dis·cov·er·a·ble adj.dis·cov·er·er n.