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find

verb \ ˈfīnd \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of find

found play \ˈfau̇nd\; finding
transitive verb
1 a : to come upon often accidentally : encounter
  • found a $10 bill on the ground
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
  • found himself in prison awaiting deportation
  • found himself on the verge of bankruptcy
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
  • he was chopping by day's work—75 cents a day—and found himself
  • —Herman Melville
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

findable

play \ˈfīn-də-bəl\ adjective
find fault
: 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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

find Synonyms

Synonyms
ascertain, descry, detect, determine, dig out, dig up, discover, dredge (up), ferret (out), find out, get, hit (on or upon), hunt (down or up), learn, locate, nose out, root (out), rout (out), rummage, run down, scare up, scout (up), track (down), turn up
Antonyms
miss, overlook, pass over
Related Words
espy, sight, spot; look for, search (for or out), seek
Near Antonyms
lose, mislay, misplace, misset

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find

noun

Definition of find

1 : an act or instance of finding
2 : something found: such 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!

Recent Examples of find from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of find

see 1find

find Synonyms


FIND Defined for English Language Learners

find

verb

Definition of find for English Language Learners

  • : 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


find

noun

Definition of find for English Language Learners

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


FIND Defined for Kids

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find

verb \ ˈfīnd \

Definition of find for Students

found \ˈfau̇nd\; finding
1 : to come upon by chance
  • He found a dime.
2 : to come upon or get by searching, study, or effort
  • She finally found the answer.
  • I found some free time.
3 : to make a decision about
  • The jury found her guilty.
4 : to know by experience
  • I find this Web site useful.
5 : to gain or regain the use of
  • I found my voice again.
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
: to criticize in an unfavorable way
find out
: to learn by studying, watching, or searching
  • I found out the secret.

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find

noun

Definition of find for Students

: a usually valuable item or person found

Law Dictionary

find

verb

legal Definition of find

found; finding
transitive verb
1 : to come upon accidentally or through effort
  • found a valuable antique in the old desk
  • found a buyer for the property
2 : to make a judicial determination regarding
  • found the testimony not credible
  • found the defendant guilty
— compare decide, hold
intransitive verb
: to make a judicial determination
  • the jury found in favor of the plaintiff


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