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Invent vs. Discover

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Inventverb

To design a new process or mechanism.

‘After weeks of hard work, I invented a new way to alphabetize matchbooks.’;

Discoververb

To find or learn something for the first time.

‘Turning the corner, I discovered a lovely little shop. I discovered that they sold widgets.’;

Inventverb

To create something fictional for a particular purpose.

‘I knew I had to invent an excuse, and quickly.’; ‘We need a name to put in this form, so let's just invent one.’;

Discoververb

To remove the cover from; to uncover (a head, building etc.).

Inventverb

(obsolete) To come upon; to find; to discover.

Discoververb

To expose, uncover.

‘The gust of wind discovered a bone in the sand.’;

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Inventverb

To come or light upon; to meet; to find.

‘And vowed never to return again,Till him alive or dead she did invent.’;

Discoververb

To create by moving a piece out of another piece's line of attack.

‘This move discovers an attack on a vital pawn.’;

Inventverb

To discover, as by study or inquiry; to find out; to devise; to contrive or produce for the first time; - applied commonly to the discovery of some serviceable mode, instrument, or machine.

‘Thus first Necessity invented stools.’;

Discoververb

To reveal (information); to divulge, make known.

‘I discovered my plans to the rest of the team.’;

Inventverb

To frame by the imagination; to fabricate mentally; to forge; - in a good or a bad sense; as, to invent the machinery of a poem; to invent a falsehood.

‘Whate'er his cruel malice could invent.’; ‘He had invented some circumstances, and put the worst possible construction on others.’;

Discoververb

To reconnoitre, explore (an area).

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Inventverb

come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort;

‘excogitate a way to measure the speed of light’;

Discoververb

(obsolete) To manifest without design; to show; to exhibit.

Inventverb

make up something artificial or untrue

Discoververb

To uncover.

‘Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered any church.’;

Discoververb

To disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret, unseen, or unknown).

‘Go, draw aside the curtains, and discoverThe several caskets to this noble prince.’; ‘Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.’; ‘We will discover ourselves unto them.’; ‘Discover not a secret to another.’;

Discoververb

To obtain for the first time sight or knowledge of, as of a thing existing already, but not perceived or known; to find; to ascertain; to espy; to detect.

‘Some to discover islands far away.’;

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Discoververb

To manifest without design; to show.

‘The youth discovered a taste for sculpture.’;

Discoververb

To explore; to examine.

Discoververb

To discover or show one's self.

‘This done, they discover.’; ‘Nor was this the first time that they discovered to be followers of this world.’;

Discoververb

discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of;

‘She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water’; ‘We found traces of lead in the paint’;

Discoververb

make a discovery, make a new finding;

‘Roentgen discovered X-rays’; ‘Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle’;

Discoververb

get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally;

‘I learned that she has two grown-up children’; ‘I see that you have been promoted’;

Discoververb

make a discovery;

‘She found that he had lied to her’; ‘The story is false, so far as I can discover’;

Discoververb

find unexpectedly;

‘the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb’; ‘she struck a goldmine’; ‘The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake’;

Discoververb

make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret;

‘The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold’; ‘The actress won't reveal how old she is’; ‘bring out the truth’; ‘he broke the news to her’;

Discoververb

see for the first time; make a discovery;

‘Who discovered the North Pole?’;

Discoververb

identify as in botany or biology, for example

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