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 Eileen believes her cousin was killed back in 1972 and is determined to find out exactly what happened. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Cousin of New Jersey woman who vanished in 1972 refuses to give up hope," 17 Oct. 2020 Educators are trying to find out what went wrong, and have contacted the manufacturer, Superintendent Catherine Carbone told parents by email Thursday night. Don Stacom,, "Battery explosion in Bristol school tablet leads educators to tell parents to shut off the devices," 16 Oct. 2020 The Walker County Sheriff’s Office and Carbon Hill police are trying to find out more details and are actively searching for the girl near the residence on Mayo Road near Fish Hatcher Road. Carol Robinson |, al, "3-year-old Walker County girl was never missing, authorities say," 15 Oct. 2020 The researchers also surveyed the scientists involved to find out why so many animals were missing. Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Science | AAAS, "Millions of animals may be missing from scientific studies," 14 Oct. 2020 With a majority of those workers looking to return to work in 2021, airlines will need to find out what to do with thousands more workers added back to payrolls. Dallas News, "Hopes for an airline recovery in 2021 grow bleaker as holiday travel falters," 14 Oct. 2020 The company did not say what the unexplained illness was, but one point of clinical trials is to find out if vaccines cause dangerous side effects. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Tuesday, October 13," 13 Oct. 2020 That might be the case with Edmonds, but the Cardinals would be wise to find out by giving him at least equal billing with Drake. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "The Cardinals and their running game need more Chase Edmonds," 12 Oct. 2020 And that kind of stuff can be really hard to find out before saying something. Justin Phillips,, "Food awards are here to stay — even amid a pandemic. Here's how they can be improved," 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of find out

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

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21 Oct 2020

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“Find out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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