find out

verb
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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Then on Friday, my wife found out from Facebook that the BSO musicians are being locked out. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "'I just want to work': BSO musicians say threatened job cuts could disrupt lives, jeopardize needed healthcare," 5 June 2019 Forsythe recently found out that he will be honored for his service after being selected by the Lake Court Foundation as a 2019 Patriot Award winner. Rob Earnshaw, Post-Tribune, "Crown Point WWII veteran recalls D-Day wounded soldiers in hospital camp," 5 June 2019 With DeMarcus Cousins having a major impact on Game 2, Trysta Krick finds out what the Raptors have in store to answer for Game 3. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Raptors coach Nick Nurse explains team using gimmicky box-and-one defense vs. Warriors," 5 June 2019 To find out how many calories the athletes in the study burned, Pontzer, Carlson, and colleagues replaced the normal hydrogen and oxygen in their drinking water with harmless, uncommon isotopes of those elements—deuterium and oxygen-18. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Study of marathon runners reveals a ‘hard limit’ on human endurance," 5 June 2019 It’s time to find out which one of your friends (who is hopefully also a theater lover) does. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "How to watch the 2019 Tony Awards," 5 June 2019 To find out how well mangrove swamps protect nearby communities, the researchers measured the change in lighting for the years after a tropical cyclone made landfall. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "More mangroves? Economies recover faster after tropical cyclones," 4 June 2019 During the academy, participants will find out what being a Clermont police officer entails and gain a better understanding of law enforcement in general, with curriculum and programming created by both Draper and McMaster. Rosemarie Dowell, orlandosentinel.com, "Clermont police nurtures teens’ interest in law enforcement with new safety youth academy," 4 June 2019 She was found out after archivists from the German city of Stralsund read the blog and looked into Hingst’s biography. Toby Axelrod, sun-sentinel.com, "German historian stripped of award for faking a family history of suffering in Holocaust," 4 June 2019

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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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