find

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1find

verb \ˈfīnd\

: 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

found \ˈfand\ find·ing

Full Definition of FIND

transitive verb
1
a :  to come upon often accidentally :  encounter
b :  to meet with (a particular reception) <hoped to find favor>
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>
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>
4
a :  provide, supply
b :  to furnish (room and board) especially as a condition of employment
5
:  to determine and make a statement about <find a verdict> <found her guilty>
intransitive verb
:  to determine a case judicially by a verdict <find for the defendant>
find·able \ˈfīn-də-bəl\ adjective
find fault
:  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

2find

noun

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

Full Definition of FIND

1
:  an act or instance of finding
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!

First Known Use of FIND

1825

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