Meaning of “discovery” in the English Dictionary

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"discovery" in British English

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discoverynoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈskʌv.ər.i/ us /dɪˈskʌv.ɚ.i/

B2 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.

More examples

  • Scientists are on the brink of a major new discovery.
  • The discovery of oil brought many benefits to the town.
  • Various ecological issues have come to the fore since the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer.
  • The two scientists both made the same discovery independently, at roughly the same time.
  • Word of the discovery caused a stir among astronomers.

(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)