find

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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 individual N. 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 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 adjective

find

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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

Example Sentences

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
For eight months after leaving office, Jerome could not find a job. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2022 Researchers identified 49 of the children who died but have not been able to find names for 37 students. Scott Mcfettridge, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2022 Mertz rolled right and bought time long enough to find Skyler Bell for a 10-yard touchdown to cut Nebraska’s lead to 14-9 with 10 minutes 7 seconds left in the game. Jeff Potrykus, Journal Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2022 Authorities did not find any explosives in the home, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 In Yemen, a third of the population — 19 million people — are not able to find sufficient food in 2022, up from 15 million last year. Samy Magdy, ajc, 22 Nov. 2022 Prosecutors in the counties that are now at the center of the Russian trial also did not find cause to file charges against him. Jared Kofsky, ABC News, 22 Nov. 2022 Whatever the reason, the couple find themselves at odds for what their future has in store. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 22 Nov. 2022 The system also hasn’t been able to find available public defenders to represent about 600 additional defendants who didn’t show up to court to face their charges and now have warrants out for their arrests. oregonlive, 21 Nov. 2022
Noun
The Winchcombe meteorite is a rare find, with a similar hydrogen isotope ratio to the water on Earth. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 17 Nov. 2022 Most of the rest of this T. rex's remains were destroyed over time by erosion, but Sotheby's experts said the skull was a major find. CBS News, 8 Nov. 2022 Most of the rest of this T. rex's remains were destroyed over time by erosion, but Sotheby's experts said the skull was a major find. USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2022 Finding a vacuum that works on multiple surfaces isn't always easy—that's why the Eureka Flash Stick Vacuum Cleaner is such a great find. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Nov. 2022 Though the house itself would require significant renovations, easy access to the main street via an alley behind the garage was a rare find that would be perfect for their needs. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 3 Nov. 2022 This tank top is a cute find and is good for the environment. Cailey Lindberg, Good Housekeeping, 18 Oct. 2022 Best Boho Chic Made by artisans in Morocco, this area rug from The Citizenry is a special find. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 18 Oct. 2022 On the side, a little breakfast nook hosts the true lady of the house: a vintage ceramic vase that was a fun consignment-store find. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 14 Oct. 2022 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 5 Dec. 2022.

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 fault

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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