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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My community found out about it, and I was seen as this bad kid by all of the Mormons. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Is On a New Kind of Mission for the Mormon Church," 12 July 2018 Back in 2016 year, Health spoke with Gabby Barbarite, PhD, a Vibrio researcher at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, to find out how much of a risk the bacteria pose to the average person. Amanda Macmillan,, "Vibrio Vulnificus: What to Know About The 'Flesh-Eating Bacteria' That Has a New Jersey Man Fighting For His Life," 10 July 2018 First, find out what can and can’t be recycled in your area. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "You Should Be Recycling Your Beauty Products—10 Things You Need to Know," 7 July 2018 The study indicates there is a clear rise in women focusing on their career; read the study to find out more. Emily Cassidy /, NBC News, "In the Know: Women in the news," 6 July 2018 On Monday night, Showtime Sports released the footage of the moment Boogie found out that the deal was done. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "See DeMarcus Cousins find out he's joining Warriors: 'Bada bing, bada boom'," 3 July 2018 The same year that the brothers found out about Neubauer’s machinations, Galland, following a series of what appeared to be manic-depressive episodes, tragically killed himself. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Three Identical Strangers Revisits a Shadowy Scientific Conspiracy," 29 June 2018 This is assuming that the family didn't know about the October infidelity until April, when the rest of us found out. Rebecca Farley,, "It Took 78 Days For The Entire Kardashian Family To Forgive Tristan Thompson," 28 June 2018 There's only one way to find out what your ex wants or doesn't want, and that's by asking your ex. Dan Savage, Chicago Reader, "What to do when you’re stuck in a platonic marriage," 27 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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