Meaning of “discovery” in the English Dictionary

"discovery" in British English

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discoverynoun

uk /dɪˈskʌv.ər.i/ us /dɪˈskʌv.ɚ.i/

discovery noun (FINDING)

B2 [ C or U ] the process of finding information, a place, or an object, especially for the first time, or the thing that is found:

the discovery of electricity
Leonardo made many scientific discoveries.
a journey/voyage of discovery
The discovery of a body in the undergrowth started a murder enquiry.

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discovery noun (IN LAW)

specialized law part of a legal process in which the lawyers from one side in a case give documents relating to their case to the other side, before the trial begins:

Among the thousands of documents Litt was able to obtain in discovery from the city was a memo written by a councilman's aide in response to one resident's complaint.

(Definition of “discovery” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"discovery" in American English

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discoverynoun [ C/U ]

us /dɪˈskʌv·ə·ri/

the act of finding something that had not been known before:

[ C ] Many scientific discoveries have been made by accident.
[ U ] The discovery of gold in California opened up the west.

A discovery is also something that you did not know about before:

[ C ] It was quite a discovery when I came upon this beautiful mountain stream.

(Definition of “discovery” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)