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find

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verb \ˈfīnd\

Simple Definition of find

  • : to discover (something or someone) without planning or trying to : to discover (something or someone) by chance

  • : to get or discover (something or someone that you are looking for)

  • : to discover or learn (something) by studying about it

Full Definition of find

found play \ˈfau̇nd\ find·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to come upon often accidentally :  encounter b :  to meet with (a particular reception) <hoped to find favor>

  3. 2 a :  to come upon by searching or effort <must find a suitable person for the job> b :  to discover by study or experiment <find an answer> c :  to obtain by effort or management <find the time to study> d :  attain, reach <the bullet found its mark>

  4. 3 a :  to discover by the intellect or the feelings :  experience <find much pleasure in your company> b :  to perceive (oneself) to be in a certain place or condition c :  to gain or regain the use or power of <trying to find his tongue> d :  to bring (oneself) to a realization of one's powers or of one's proper sphere of activity <must help the student to find himself as an individual — N. M. Pusey>

  5. 4 a :  provide, supply b :  to furnish (room and board) especially as a condition of employment

  6. 5 :  to determine and make a statement about <find a verdict> <found her guilty>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to determine a case judicially by a verdict <find for the defendant>

find·able play \ˈfīn-də-bəl\ adjective
find fault
  1. :  to criticize unfavorably

Examples of find

  1. He found a dollar on the ground.

  2. The well diggers found a number of Native American artifacts.

  3. After an hour of searching, I finally found my glasses.

  4. We need to find a suitable person for the job.

  5. She found the answer at last.

  6. They claim to have found a more efficient way to run the business.

  7. researchers trying to find a cure for cancer

  8. You must find time to do it.

  9. I found a way to pay for college without taking out any loans.

  10. She found the courage to address the crowd.



Origin of find

Middle English, from Old English findan; akin to Old High German findan to find, Latin pont-, pons bridge, Greek pontos sea, Sanskrit patha way, course


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with find


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find

noun

Simple Definition of find

  • : something or someone that has been found; especially : a valuable person or thing that has been found or discovered

Full Definition of find

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of finding

  2. 2 :  something found: as a :  a valuable discovery <an archaeological find> b :  a person whose ability proves to be unexpectedly good

Examples of find

  1. That antique she bought at the flea market was a real find.

  2. That new secretary of yours is a real find!



1825

First Known Use of find

1825




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