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"discovery" in British English

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discoverynoun [C or U]

uk   /dɪˈskʌv.ər.i/  us   /-ɚ-/
B2 the ​process of ​findinginformation, a ​place, or an ​object, ​especially for the first ​time, or the thing that is ​found: the discovery ofelectricity Leonardo made many ​scientific discoveries. a ​journey/​voyage of discovery The discovery of a ​body in the ​undergrowthstarted a ​murderenquiry.

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(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 ​beautifulmountainstream.
(Definition of discovery from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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