English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'discover'

(verb) 
Definition
to learn about for the first time
As he discovered, she had a brilliant mind.
Synonyms
find out
,
see
I'd better go and see if she's all right.
,
learn
They learned of his military service from archive records.
, ,
spot
He left the party seconds before smoke was spotted coming up the stairs.
,
determine
The investigation will determine what really happened.
,
notice
People should not hesitate to contact the police if they notice anything suspicious.
, ,
recognize
I recognize my own shortcomings.
,
perceive
I perceived a number of changes.
,
detect
He could detect a certain sadness in her face.
,
disclose
clapboard façades that revolve to disclose snug interiors
, ,
discern
Under the bridge we could just discern a shadowy figure.
,
ascertain
Try to ascertain what services the bank is offering.
,
suss (out) (slang)
,
get wise to (informal)
(verb) 
Definition
to find after study or search
The suitcase was discovered on a roadside outside the city.
Synonyms
find
The police also found a pistol.
,
come across
,
uncover
Auditors said they had uncovered evidence of fraud.
,
track down
,
unearth
No evidence has yet been unearthed.
,
turn up
,
dig up
,
come upon
,
chance on
,
stumble on
,
bring to light
,
light upon
(verb) 
Definition
to be the first to find or find out about
Scientists discovered a way of forming the image in a thin layer on the surface.
Synonyms
invent
He invented the first electric clock.
,
develop
Several countries developed a revised budget.
,
come up with
,
design
We may be able to design a course to suit your particular needs.
,
pioneer
the scientist who invented and pioneered DNA tests
,
devise
We devised a scheme to help him.
,
originate
No-one knows who originated this story.
,
contrive
The oil companies were accused of contriving a shortage of gasoline to justify price increases.
,
hit on
,
conceive of

Additional synonyms

in the sense of ascertain
Definition
to find out definitely
Try to ascertain what services the bank is offering.
Synonyms
find out,
fix,
make certain,
suss (out) (slang),
ferret out
in the sense of contrive
Definition
to devise or construct ingeniously
The oil companies were accused of contriving a shortage of gasoline to justify price increases.
Synonyms
in the sense of design
Definition
to plan and make (something) artistically
We may be able to design a course to suit your particular needs.

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