find

1 of 2

verb

found ˈfau̇nd How to pronounce find (audio) ; 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 individualN. M. Pusey
4
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 himselfHerman 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 adjective

find

2 of 2

noun

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
Phrases
find fault
: to criticize unfavorably

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! See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Artificial intelligence is fusing data such as electronic emissions detected by satellites and mobile phone signals to find high-value targets, including Russian generals and Hamas leaders. Shashank Joshi, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 But the court found Air Canada failed to explain why the passenger should not trust information provided on its website by its chatbot. Marisa Garcia, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 The study, published in the journal Nature, found that rather than co-existing peacefully, the hunter-gatherers in what is now Denmark, were wiped out by farmer-settlers. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 19 Feb. 2024 Herschmann found even this ambitious comparison insufficient. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 For particular dietary needs, sometimes the best course of action is to find a different recipe developed with those parameters in mind. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 The All-Star Game has become a farce of a basketball game: guys chucking up shots from half-court and trying stupid dunks, all while not even a sniff of defense can be found. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 Two survived after being rescued by Taiwan’s coast guard, while the other two were found unconscious and confirmed dead after being taken to the hospital in Kinmen. Nectar Gan, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 Standardized tests become an issue of wealth, too, as a separate study from Opportunity Insights finds that children of the 1% are 13 times more likely to score a 1300 or higher on the tests than children of low-income families. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2024
Noun
Walmart’s sale is packed with beauty finds, including skincare, hair products, makeup, and fragrances. Bridget Degnan, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 The richness that this house can provide [in fabrication] is really exciting and feels new to them, like an unexpected find. Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 17 Feb. 2024 Nearby, city sanitary workers roamed the streets, toting sawdust and complaining of unpleasant finds. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Heading back to one of my favorite cities—and my former hometown—is always a culinary joy and usually unearths new finds. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 But as new finds in North America were unearthed in the 1850s and ’60s, such as the carnivorous Dryptosaurus, paleontologists revised dinosaurs yet again. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 Among their finds were pieces of hypocaustum tile, which is evidence that the medieval castle was heated. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 And a recent find may add a new chapter to Earhart’s unfinished story. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 Among their finds were plates, tripods, decorative ornaments — and a collection of swords. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of find was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Find.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/find. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

find

1 of 2 verb
found ˈfau̇nd How to pronounce find (audio) ; finding
1
: to meet with someone or something by chance
found a dime
2
: to come upon by searching, study, or effort
finally found the answer
3
: to obtain by effort or management
find time to do it
4
: to make a decision
find a verdict
5
: to know by experience
people found it useful
6
: to gain or regain the use of
found my voice again

find

2 of 2 noun
: something found
especially : a valuable item found

Legal Definition

find

verb
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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