find out

found out; finding out; finds out

Definition of find out

transitive verb

1 : to learn by study, observation, or search : discover
2a : to catch in an offense (such as a crime) the culprits were soon found out
b : to ascertain the true character or identity of the informer was found out

intransitive verb

: to discover, learn, or verify something I don't know, but I'll find out for you

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Examples of find out in a Sentence

that was around the time that I found out I was adopted found out where she lived by checking the phone book

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The teens must try to find out what happened to them, while also organizing their group in order to survive. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Netflix's Newest Teen Drama "The Society"," 4 Apr. 2019 Read on to find out what the brands have up their sleeves. Allure, "The Best New Hair-Care Products and Tools Launching in April," 1 Apr. 2019 First thing on Monday morning, Meghan and Harry visited the Moroccan Federation of Equestrian Sports, to find out how the organization supports children and young people with disabilities and additional learning needs. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Does Daytime Chic in Heeled Black Boots & a Khaki Green Jacket," 25 Feb. 2019 And what’s more compelling than the risk of being found out? Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Is All Rom-Com Love Based on a Lie?," 12 Feb. 2019 To find out who's really behind the mask, tune into The Masked Singer on Wednesdays at 9 p.m EST on FOX. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Jenny McCarthy Finally Confirms If Husband Donnie Wahlberg Is on 'The Masked Singer'," 26 Jan. 2019 As the world found out fairly soon after the incident, a bird strike took out the Airbus A-320's engines. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 Then, a few weeks ago, Ray found out the viaduct was to be closed and torn down. Vianna Davila, The Seattle Times, "As the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down, so does a longtime shelter for Seattle’s homeless," 13 Jan. 2019 Schedule a hair appointment, find out store hours, those types of things. Eric Johnson, Recode, "What’s next for virtual assistants like Alexa? Maybe buying stuff for you automatically.," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of find out

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of find out was in the 15th century

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