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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To find out what happens next—and to check out the scenic backdrops—tune in to Entertaining Christmas on the Hallmark Channel. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Hallmark's New 'Entertaining Christmas' Was Filmed in This Charming Small Town," 15 Dec. 2018 Joanne Garone Behnke said it's been an agonizing wait to find out what happen to her aunt, Aggie Vicari. Fox News, "Missing Florida woman's body recovered amid rubble," 19 Oct. 2018 And to make matters worse, Google found out about it in the spring and decided not to tell anyone, reports the Wall Street Journal. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone," 8 Oct. 2018 Then imagine gutting the house only to find out that open floorplans actually drive you insane. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 A few months later, Hyland found out her younger brother, Ian, was a match for transplant number two. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 Renters Matthew Bentley, Wesley Williams, and Joseph Briere—all plaintiffs in the suit—found out earlier this year that their units were being inspected and refused. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Seattle’s mandatory rental inspection law challenged in lawsuit," 6 Dec. 2018 And on top of all that, a few weeks after his father's passing, Al found out his wife, Deborah, was pregnant with their son, Nicky. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Show Host Al Roker's Weight-Loss Journey in His Own Words," 26 Nov. 2018 Crespo also found out that alongside his Italian heritage, his blood also consisted of North and West European DNA as well as Iberian DNA, in proportions of 17.6% and 48.7% respectively., "Serie A Legend Discovers Why He Always Felt So at Home in Italy," 13 July 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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The first known use of find out was in the 15th century

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