find

verb
\ ˈfīnd How to pronounce find (audio) \
found\ ˈfau̇nd How to pronounce found (audio) \; finding

Definition of find

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to come upon often accidentally : encounter found a $10 bill on the ground
b : to meet with (a particular reception) hoped to find favor
2a : 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
3a : 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
4a : 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
find fault
: to criticize unfavorably

find

noun

Definition of find (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from find

Verb

findable \ ˈfīn-​də-​bəl How to pronounce findable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of find in a Sentence

Verb

He found a dollar on the ground. The well diggers found a number of Native American artifacts. After an hour of searching, I finally found my glasses. We need to find a suitable person for the job. She found the answer at last. They claim to have found a more efficient way to run the business. researchers trying to find a cure for cancer You must find time to do it. I found a way to pay for college without taking out any loans. She found the courage to address the crowd.

Noun

That antique she bought at the flea market was a real find. That new secretary of yours is a real find!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Fashion As a former bridal editor, Jessica still finds herself on designer media lists—including that of Odylyne the Ceremony. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Took Over a Small Town in Italy for Their Medieval-Inspired Wedding," 28 Feb. 2019 Cuarón searched for almost a year before finding her. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What is Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' About? The Oscar-Nominated Film Is a Runaway Success," 23 Feb. 2019 Other companies besides capital-intensive firms will soon find themselves in a similar situation. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "IRS Proposal Could Crimp Earnings for Manufacturers, Energy Companies," 23 Feb. 2019 López helped her find it, walked her there, and translated for her. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 Turns out, finding an affordable one that could actually keep water away from my hair was no easy task. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "This $7 Shower Cap Is My Favorite Amazon Find," 1 Feb. 2019 Archaeologists have found shell jewelry in graves dating back to 400 BCE. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 Denim is a mainstay in most wardrobes, but finding the perfect pair is far from simple. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Tessa Thompson Tests Out the Season’s Trickiest Denim Trend," 30 Jan. 2019 Running after someone who doesn't want to be caught could damage her dignity — and hurt her chances of finding a partner. Jenna Birch, Woman's Day, "11 Love Lessons Every Mother Should Teach Her Daughter," 23 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

National Geographic reported on a similar find last year involving 49-foot-long carcass that turned up on the Indonesian Island of Seram. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Mysterious hairy 'globster' washes up on a beach. It's being called an omen of doom. | Charlotte Observer," 13 May 2018 State television has yet to report on the find, likely due to restrictions on discussing the Pahlavis. Fox News, "Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah," 25 Apr. 2018 State television has yet to report on the find, likely due to restrictions on discussing the Pahlavis. Washington Post, "Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah," 24 Apr. 2018 State television has yet to report on the find, likely due to complications that mentioning the Pahlavis can entail. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Mummified body found in Iran could be father of last shah," 24 Apr. 2018 UPnP helps devices on a network find and essentially introduce themselves to each other, so that a server, say, can discover and vet the printers on a network. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "A Long-Awaited IoT Crisis Is Here, and Many Devices Aren't Ready," 9 Apr. 2018 The most satisfying find was an Antoni Gaudí Siamese chair from the collection of Lee Mindel. David Netto, Town & Country, "From "Coffin Storage" to Seaside Retreat: Inside an Incredible Home in Amagansett," 19 Mar. 2019 Check out even more of Jessica Nickerson's finds—and see the latest on her home renovation—at House Homemade. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "I Used Facebook Marketplace to Decorate My Entire Living Room for Next to Nothing," 13 Mar. 2019 The home of endless great finds will be closed on Easter Sunday. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Target's Easter Hours This Year?," 4 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of find

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for find

Verb and Noun

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

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find

verb

English Language Learners Definition of find

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of find (Entry 2 of 2)

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

find

verb
\ ˈfīnd How to pronounce find (audio) \
found\ ˈfau̇nd \; finding

Kids Definition of find

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
find fault
: to criticize in an unfavorable way
find out
: to learn by studying, watching, or searching I found out the secret.

Other Words from find

finder noun

find

noun

Kids Definition of find (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually valuable item or person found

find

verb
found; finding

Legal Definition of find

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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