find out


found out; finding out; finds out

transitive verb

: to learn by study, observation, or search : discover
: to catch in an offense (such as a crime)
the culprits were soon found out
: 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

Examples of find out in a Sentence

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

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

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“Find out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

find out

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

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