discover dis∙cover verb 1. [VN] to be the first person to become aware that a particular place or thing exists • (第一个)发现:
»Cook is credited with discovering Hawaii.
»Scientists around the world are working to discover a cure for AIDS.
2. to find sb / sth that was hidden or that you did not expect to find • (出乎意料地)发现,找到,发觉: ▪ [VN]
»Police discovered a large stash of drugs while searching the house.
»We discovered this beach while we were sailing around the island.
▪ [VN -ing]
»He was discovered hiding in a shed.
▪ [VN-ADJ]
»She was discovered dead at her home in Leeds.
3. to find out about sth; to find some information about sth • 了解到;认识到;查明: ▪ [VN]
»Iˈve just discovered hang-gliding!
▪ [V (that)]
»It was a shock to discover (that) he couldnˈt read.
▪ [V wh-]
»We never did discover why she gave up her job.
▪ [VN that]
»It was later discovered that the diaries were a fraud.
▪ [VN to inf]
»He was later discovered to be seriously ill.
【HELP】This pattern is usually used in the passive. • 此句型通常用于被动语态。 4. [VN] [often passive] to be the first person to realize that sb is very good at singing, acting, etc. and help them to become successful and famous • 发现(人才):
»The singer was discovered while still at school.
dis∙cov∙er∙er noun:
»the discoverer of penicillin
* * *
vt. 發現, 發覺
v. 發現

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