find out

verb
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of find out

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
: to discover, learn, or verify something
  • I don't know, but I'll find out for you

Examples of find out in a Sentence

  1. that was around the time that I found out I was adopted

  2. found out where she lived by checking the phone book

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First Known Use of find out

15th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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