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 for discovered
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Discover \Dis*cov"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discovered; p. pr.
     & vb. n. Discovering.] [OE. discoveren, discuren, descuren,
     OF. descovrir, descouvrir, F. d['e]couvrir; des- (L. dis-) +
     couvrir to cover. See Cover.]
     1. To uncover. [Obs.]
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              Whether any man hath pulled down or discovered any
              church.                               --Abp.
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     2. To disclose; to lay open to view; to make visible; to
        reveal; to make known; to show (what has been secret,
        unseen, or unknown). [Archaic]
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              Go, draw aside the curtains, and discover
              The several caskets to this noble prince. --Shak.
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              Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity
              doth best discover virtue.            --Bacon.
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              We will discover ourselves unto them. --1 Sam. xiv.
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              Discover not a secret to another.     --Prov. xxv.
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     3. 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. [WordNet sense
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              Some to discover islands far away.    --Shak.
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     4. To manifest without design; to show.
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              The youth discovered a taste for sculpture. --C. J.
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     5. To explore; to examine. [Obs.]
     Syn: To disclose; bring out; exhibit; show; manifest; reveal;
          communicate; impart; tell; espy; find; out; detect. --
          To Discover, Invent. We discover what existed
          before, but remained unknown; we invent by forming
          combinations which are either entirely new, or which
          attain their end by means unknown before. Columbus
          discovered America; Newton discovered the law of
          gravitation; Whitney invented the cotton gin; Galileo
          invented the telescope.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: discovered or determined by scientific observation;
             "variation in the ascertained flux depends on a number of
             factors"; "the discovered behavior norms"; "discovered
             differences in achievement"; "no explanation for the
             observed phenomena" [syn: ascertained, discovered,

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