Meaning of DISCOVERY in English


dis ‧ cov ‧ e ‧ ry W3 /dɪsˈkʌv ə ri/ BrE AmE noun ( plural discoveries )

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ discoverer , ↑ discovery ; verb : ↑ discover ]

1 . [countable] a fact or thing that someone finds out about, when it was not known about before

discovery about

The Hubble Telescope allowed astronomers to make significant discoveries about our galaxy.

discovery that

the discovery that bees can communicate with each other

2 . [uncountable] when someone discovers something

discovery of

the discovery of oil in Alaska

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■ verbs

▪ make a discovery

By making new discoveries we expand our understanding of the natural world.

▪ lead to a discovery

It was pure chance that led to the discovery.


▪ a new discovery

New discoveries are being made all the time.

▪ a recent discovery

the recent discovery of frozen water on the moon

▪ a great/major/important discovery

The archaeologists had made an important discovery.

▪ a scientific/medical etc discovery

The book covers the major scientific discoveries of the last century.

▪ an exciting discovery

The existence of the new solar system was a very exciting discovery.

▪ a surprising/unexpected discovery

Their work led to some surprising discoveries.

▪ a startling discovery (=very surprising)

When they examined the virus, they made a startling discovery.

▪ an accidental/chance discovery (=happening by chance)

Some of the tombs were the result of chance discoveries.

▪ a grim discovery (=an unpleasant and sad discovery such as finding a dead body)

Police made the grim discovery while they were searching the house.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.