find out

verb

found out; finding out; finds out

transitive verb

1
: to learn by study, observation, or search : discover
2
a
: 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

Example Sentences

that was around the time that I found out I was adopted found out about the new restaurant by reading reviews online
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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Find out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/find%20out. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

find out

verb
1
: to learn by study, observation, or search : discover
2
: to catch doing something bad
the culprit was found out

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