find 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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Last week, Cruze found out exactly how Bird is cracking down. Anna-sofia Lesiv, The Seattle Times, "The cutthroat turf war behind the race to charge Bay Area electric scooters," 10 July 2018 The real timeline is written in permanent ink, so buckle up and follow along to find out how — and when — Grande and Davidson really began. Samantha Sasso,, "Tattoos Unlock The Mystery Of Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson's Relationship," 9 July 2018 And good philanthropy is people who have taken the time and energy to find out the needs and do the very best with the resources they’ve been given. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs Off-topic: David Robinson," 7 July 2018 Stay tuned to find out which of the six episodes in the season was spearheaded by Lisa. Lauren Smith, Redbook, "Everything We Know About Season 5 of 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce'," 14 June 2018 After spending more than two months in political limbo, Joe Marshall will find out Tuesday whether he’ll be reappointed to the San Francisco Police Commission. Dominic Fracassa,, "Joe Marshall gets another shot at SF Police Commission — needs supes’ OK," 10 July 2018 Kansas Citians will soon find out when his The Selfie Boutique opens in Park Place at noon on July 6. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Up your selfie game for a fee in new Kansas boutique's ‘made-for-Instagram’ rooms," 1 July 2018 Maybe someday modern medicine will find out what happens when those emotional storms go on inside an actor. Nardine Saad,, "Drake confirms the rumors that he's a dad on new album 'Scorpion'," 29 June 2018 Hopefully, Emma’s family will find out what's wrong with Dorie soon. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Pet World: Helping A Small, Overprotective Dog Feel At Ease," 29 June 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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