\ ˈfīnd How to pronounce find (audio) \
found\ ˈfau̇nd How to pronounce found (audio) \; finding

Definition of find

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to come upon often accidentally : encounter found a $10 bill on the ground
b : to meet with (a particular reception) hoped to find favor
2a : to come upon by searching or effort must find a suitable person for the job
b : to discover by study or experiment find an answer
c : to obtain by effort or management find the time to study
d : attain, reach the bullet found its mark
3a : to discover by the intellect or the feelings : experience find much pleasure in your company
b : to perceive (oneself) to be in a certain place or condition found himself in prison awaiting deportation found himself on the verge of bankruptcy
c : to gain or regain the use or power of trying to find his tongue
d : to bring (oneself) to a realization of one's powers or of one's proper sphere of activity must help the student to find himself as an individual— N. M. Pusey
b : to furnish (room and board) especially as a condition of employment he was chopping by day's work—75 cents a day—and found himself— Herman Melville
5 : to determine and make a statement about find a verdict found her guilty

intransitive verb

: to determine a case judicially by a verdict find for the defendant
find fault
: to criticize unfavorably



Definition of find (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of finding
2 : something found: such as
a : a valuable discovery an archaeological find
b : a person whose ability proves to be unexpectedly good

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Other Words from find


findable \ ˈfīn-​də-​bəl How to pronounce findable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of find in a Sentence

Verb He found a dollar on the ground. The well diggers found a number of Native American artifacts. After an hour of searching, I finally found my glasses. We need to find a suitable person for the job. She found the answer at last. They claim to have found a more efficient way to run the business. researchers trying to find a cure for cancer You must find time to do it. I found a way to pay for college without taking out any loans. She found the courage to address the crowd. Noun That antique she bought at the flea market was a real find. That new secretary of yours is a real find!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nevada Highway Patrol says passengers must be alive and breathing in order to be counted A routine traffic stop resulted in a peculiar lesson on driving rules when an undertaker was found transporting a deceased person in the HOV lane in Las Vegas. Robyn Merrett,, "Highway Patrol Pulls Over Undertaker in HOV Lane Who Jokingly Argues Corpse in Hearse Should Count," 4 July 2019 The rat avoided capture for 10 months but was found dead Sunday by a visiting bird watcher. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 He was found guilty of posing for photos with a dead enemy fighter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SEAL platoon commander charged in war crime cover-up heading to trial in September," 4 July 2019 Suspicious activity, SOM Center Road: Two softball players were found drinking alcoholic beverages at the softball fields June 26 and were advised to pour them out., "Tanning spa employee fields question about her panties: Mayfield Village Police Blotter," 3 July 2019 She was found in an apartment near her home on Meredith Drive just after 8:15 a.m. Monday., "'It was a mistake’ says mom of 3-year-old found in vacant, locked apartment," 3 July 2019 Trout wasn’t alone following a 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night, a day after the 27-year-old Skaggs was found unresponsive in his room at the team hotel. Schuyler Dixon, The Denver Post, "Angels try to get handle on raw emotion after Tyler Skaggs death," 3 July 2019 Wesley was moved from the complex to the House of Correction once he was found competent to participate in his defense on a charge of robbery with threat of force. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mental health advocate sues county, says it failed to provide mental illness medication to her son in jail," 3 July 2019 The body of a Louisville man who was missing for two days after his boat capsized in the Ohio River was found Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Friends find body of missing Louisville man whose boat capsized in the Ohio River," 3 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Phaal may have been uniquely suited to make the find in the poem, which was first published in 1667., "A Tufts University student may have discovered a secret message hidden in a 352-year-old English poetry classic,," 6 Nov. 2019 Her favorite find was a 1960s Bassett dresser with a matching mirror that someone had put by a dumpster in the rain. Lyndi Mcnulty,, "An Eye for Art: For Moore, repurposing old furniture into ‘beautiful,’ useful pieces both enjoyable and rewarding," 19 Sep. 2019 Shortly after exhuming the finger bone, the anthropologists who made the find cut it in half and sent the proximal end to the Max Planck Institute in Germany and the distal end (the very tip of the finger) to the University of California, Berkeley. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Denisovan fossil finger points to the timing of Neanderthal evolution," 4 Sep. 2019 Uncoated aluminum, often sold as natural finish aluminum, is a common find in commercial kitchens, and for good reason. Paul Stephen,, "Your guide to cookware finishes and how to use the pans best," 6 Nov. 2019 Vacant and vintage factories of the size that Partners Group, a Swiss money management firm, needed aren’t an easy find. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Bringing a RiNo vibe to Broomfield’s Interlocken," 30 Oct. 2019 Running back Mark Ingram II was a good find in free agency and backup Gus Edwards is a big asset. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Ravens’ lack of depth on offensive line still in question," 23 Aug. 2019 Another nod to Royal Oak and highlights of the bar is a find by Cutraro. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "New Wahlburgers the first tenant to open at Woodward Corners development in Royal Oak," 5 Aug. 2019 Having representatives of these two types of planet in a single system is a valuable find. The Economist, "Astronomers are probing faraway planets with greater sophistication," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of find


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for find

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English findan; akin to Old High German findan to find, Latin pont-, pons bridge, Greek pontos sea, Sanskrit patha way, course

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The first known use of find was before the 12th century

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“Find.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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How to pronounce find (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of find

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to discover (something or someone) without planning or trying to : to discover (something or someone) by chance
: to get or discover (something or someone that you are looking for)
: to discover or learn (something) by studying about it



English Language Learners Definition of find (Entry 2 of 2)

: something or someone that has been found especially : a valuable person or thing that has been found or discovered


\ ˈfīnd How to pronounce find (audio) \
found\ ˈfau̇nd \; finding

Kids Definition of find

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to come upon by chance He found a dime.
2 : to come upon or get by searching, study, or effort She finally found the answer. I found some free time.
3 : to make a decision about The jury found her guilty.
4 : to know by experience I find this Web site useful.
5 : to gain or regain the use of I found my voice again.
6 : to become aware of being in a place, condition, or activity Omri found himself wondering … where his magnifying glass was.— Lynne Reid Banks, The Indian in the Cupboard
find fault
: to criticize in an unfavorable way
find out
: to learn by studying, watching, or searching I found out the secret.

Other Words from find

finder noun



Kids Definition of find (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually valuable item or person found


found; finding

Legal Definition of find

transitive verb

1 : to come upon accidentally or through effort found a valuable antique in the old desk found a buyer for the property
2 : to make a judicial determination regarding found the testimony not credible found the defendant guilty — compare decide, hold

intransitive verb

: to make a judicial determination the jury found in favor of the plaintiff

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