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

Nevada Highway Patrol says passengers must be alive and breathing in order to be counted A routine traffic stop resulted in a peculiar lesson on driving rules when an undertaker was found transporting a deceased person in the HOV lane in Las Vegas. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Highway Patrol Pulls Over Undertaker in HOV Lane Who Jokingly Argues Corpse in Hearse Should Count," 4 July 2019 The rat avoided capture for 10 months but was found dead Sunday by a visiting bird watcher. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 He was found guilty of posing for photos with a dead enemy fighter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SEAL platoon commander charged in war crime cover-up heading to trial in September," 4 July 2019 Suspicious activity, SOM Center Road: Two softball players were found drinking alcoholic beverages at the softball fields June 26 and were advised to pour them out. cleveland.com, "Tanning spa employee fields question about her panties: Mayfield Village Police Blotter," 3 July 2019 She was found in an apartment near her home on Meredith Drive just after 8:15 a.m. Monday. Cincinnati.com, "'It was a mistake’ says mom of 3-year-old found in vacant, locked apartment," 3 July 2019 Trout wasn’t alone following a 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night, a day after the 27-year-old Skaggs was found unresponsive in his room at the team hotel. Schuyler Dixon, The Denver Post, "Angels try to get handle on raw emotion after Tyler Skaggs death," 3 July 2019 Wesley was moved from the complex to the House of Correction once he was found competent to participate in his defense on a charge of robbery with threat of force. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mental health advocate sues county, says it failed to provide mental illness medication to her son in jail," 3 July 2019 The body of a Louisville man who was missing for two days after his boat capsized in the Ohio River was found Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Friends find body of missing Louisville man whose boat capsized in the Ohio River," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My favorite find is the Hydaway 17-ounce bottle ($25). Shannah Compton Game, Outside Online, "The 5 Travel Items That Are Worth Splurging On," 20 June 2019 Paloma Vintage Paloma Vintage is one of the best vintage stores in the world for unique and very fun secondhand finds. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Mette Hay’s Guide to a Design-Filled Weekend in Copenhagen," 18 June 2019 The list features Colada Shop for its rooftop Cuban cocktails and empanadas, as well as Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot for unique finds like old postcards and 1960s lamps. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 So look to flea markets and antique shops for unexpected finds. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "8 Easy Tips for Creating Your Very Own Backyard She Shed," 6 Mar. 2018 In her latest Instagram post, Joanna Gaines revealed a surprising find in one of their renovation projects. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Made the Coolest Discovery While Renovating an Old Mill," 24 May 2019 The two men, longtime friends and collaborators, are heading to the scene of a catastrophe — and, possibly, the biggest find of Titus’ decades-long career. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "Tyrannosaurus Rex: Scary. Smart. Social?," 12 Apr. 2019 Vanilla may have been used in Israel long before its domestication in Mesoamerica, according to a new find in an ancient tomb. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 Luckily for us, brands like Rebag help with that exclusive handbag addiction, offering lightly used and vintage finds for a fraction of the price of one off the department store shelf. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Rebag Infinity Just Made Shopping Designer Handbags That Much Easier," 12 Oct. 2018

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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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