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discover

verb uk   /dɪˈskʌv.ər/  us   //
B1 [T] to find information, a place, or an object, especially for the first time: Who discovered America? We searched all morning for the missing papers and finally discovered them in a drawer. [+ question word] Scientists have discovered how to predict an earthquake. [+ (that)] She discovered (that) her husband was having an affair. [+ to infinitive] Following a routine check-up, Mrs Mason was discovered to have heart disease. [+ obj + -ing verb ] The boss discovered him stealing money from the cash register. [T often passive] to notice that a person has a special ability or quality and to help them to become successful: Los Angeles is full of young actors working as waiters, hoping to be discovered by a movie agent.
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discoverer
noun [C] uk   /r/  us   //
Jim Watson and Francis Crick were the discoverers of the structure of DNA.
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