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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of find

found play \ˈfau̇nd\ finding

  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>

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

Examples of find in a sentence

  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




Simple Definition of find

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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


FIND Defined for Kids



verb \ˈfīnd\

Definition of find for Students

found \ˈfau̇nd\finding

  1. 1 :  to come upon by chance <He found a dime.>

  2. 2 :  to come upon or get by searching, study, or effort <She finally found the answer.> <I found some free time.>

  3. 3 :  to make a decision about <The jury found her guilty.>

  4. 4 :  to know by experience <I find this Web site useful.>

  5. 5 :  to gain or regain the use of <I found my voice again.>

  6. 6 :  to become aware of being in a place, condition, or activity <Omri found himself wondering … where his magnifying glass was. — Lynne Reid Banks, The Indian in the Cupboard>

finder noun
find fault
  1. :  to criticize in an unfavorable way

find out
  1. :  to learn by studying, watching, or searching <I found out the secret.>




Definition of find for Students

  1. :  a usually valuable item or person found

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of find


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to come upon accidentally or through effort <found a valuable antique in the old desk> <found a buyer for the property>

  3. 2 :  to make a judicial determination regarding <found the testimony not credible> <found the defendant guilty> — compare decide, hold

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a judicial determination <the jury found in favor of the plaintiff>

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