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discoververb [T]

 us   /dɪˈskʌv·ər/
to ​find something for the first ​time, or something that had not been ​known before: [+ (that) clause] Doctors ​later discovered (that) he had a ​cut on his ​leftankle. [+ question word] We ​reviewedenrollmentfigures to discover ​exactly when and why the ​studentpopulationdeclined. Researchers ​hope to discover new ​treatments that may ​helppeoplesuffering from ​migraineheadaches.
To discover is also to ​realize or ​learn: [+ that clause] When you go on a ​trip, you always discover that you ​forgot a few things.
discoverer
noun [C]  us   /dɪˈskʌv·ər·ər/
The Canadians Frederick Banting and Charles Best were the discoverers of ​insulin.
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discoververb

uk   /dɪˈskʌv.ər/  us   /dɪˈskʌv.ɚ/
B1 [T] to ​findinformation, a ​place, or an ​object, ​especially for the first ​time: Who discovered ​America? We ​searched all ​morning for the ​missingpapers 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 ​routinecheck-up, ​MrsMason was discovered to have ​heartdisease. [+ obj + -ing verb ] The ​boss discovered him ​stealingmoney from the ​cashregister.
[T often passive] to ​notice that a ​person has a ​specialability or ​quality and to ​help them to ​becomesuccessful: Los Angeles is ​full of ​youngactorsworking as ​waiters, ​hoping to be discovered by a ​movieagent.

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discoverer
noun [C] uk   /dɪˈskʌv.ər.ər/  us   /dɪˈskʌv.ɚ.ɚ/
Jim Watson and Francis Crick were the discoverers of the ​structure of ​DNA.
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