discovery Definition

  • 1the act or process of finding somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before
  • 2a thing that is found or learned about for the first time

Using discovery: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "discovery" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The discovery of a new planet was announced yesterday.

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    The discovery of gold in California led to a rush of people moving there.

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    The discovery of his talent came as a surprise to everyone.

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    The discovery of the lost city was a major archaeological breakthrough.

discovery Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using discovery

  • to find or learn something new


    After years of research, the scientist finally made a discovery that could change the world.

  • a journey or experience during which one learns a lot about oneself or the world


    Studying abroad can be a voyage of discovery, allowing students to learn about new cultures and ways of life.

  • knowing about a problem or challenge is the first step towards solving it


    Realizing that he had a drinking problem was a major breakthrough for John. As they say, discovery is half the battle.

Phrases with discovery

  • a new scientific finding or invention


    The scientific discovery of DNA revolutionized the field of genetics.

  • a new finding or excavation in the field of archaeology


    The archaeological discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun was a major event in the history of Egyptology.

  • self-discovery

    the process of learning about oneself, one's beliefs, values, and personality


    Traveling alone can be a journey of self-discovery.


Summary: discovery in Brief

The term 'discovery' [dɪˈskʌvəri] refers to the act or process of finding or learning about something new, or the thing itself. It can range from scientific and archaeological discoveries, like 'The scientific discovery of DNA revolutionized the field of genetics,' to personal journeys of self-discovery, like 'Traveling alone can be a journey of self-discovery.' Idioms like 'make a discovery' and 'a voyage of discovery' emphasize the importance of learning and exploration.

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