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
Recent Examples on the Web All too often, there are stories of wealthy people who have put all their trust in their financial managers only to find out they have been stolen from and, sadly, lost all their wealth. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 The only way to find out for sure is to go and look. Thomas Lewton, Quanta Magazine, 12 Oct. 2021 Oct 30, might be an opportunity for people to find out. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Oct. 2021 The answer is not easy to come by, so here’s the best way to find out. oregonlive, 11 Oct. 2021 And there’s still no easy way for Ohioans to find out on their own whether their information has been used by criminals to apply for jobless benefits. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 2 Oct. 2021 Shortly after the flood, officials in the village commissioned a study to find out what kind of action needed to be taken to avoid this happening again, Lentz said. James T. Norman,, 1 Oct. 2021 In a game to find out who was the king of the Lions, the Liberty Lions (4-1) defeated the Red Mountain Lions (4-1) 35-23 Friday. The Arizona Republic, 1 Oct. 2021 Only to find out by 2020, my basement had become a gym, and my first piece of equipment was from Tonal. John Kell, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of find out

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

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“Find out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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