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find

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verb \ˈfīnd\

Definition of find

found

play \ˈfau̇nd\;

finding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to come upon often accidentally :  encounter found a $10 bill on the groundb :  to meet with (a particular reception) hoped to find favor

  3. 2a :  to come upon by searching or effort must find a suitable person for the jobb :  to discover by study or experiment find an answerc :  to obtain by effort or management find the time to studyd :  attain, reach the bullet found its mark

  4. 3a :  to discover by the intellect or the feelings :  experience find much pleasure in your companyb :  to perceive (oneself) to be in a certain place or condition found himself in prison awaiting deportation found himself on the verge of bankruptcyc :  to gain or regain the use or power of trying to find his tongued :  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

  5. 4a :  provide, supplyb :  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

  6. 5 :  to determine and make a statement about find a verdict found her guilty

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to determine a case judicially by a verdict find for the defendant

findable

play \ˈfīn-də-bəl\ adjective

find fault

  1. :  to criticize unfavorably

Examples of find in a sentence

  1. He found a dollar on the ground.

  2. The well diggers found a number of Native American artifacts.

  3. After an hour of searching, I finally found my glasses.

  4. We need to find a suitable person for the job.

  5. She found the answer at last.

  6. They claim to have found a more efficient way to run the business.

  7. researchers trying to find a cure for cancer

  8. You must find time to do it.

  9. I found a way to pay for college without taking out any loans.

  10. She found the courage to address the crowd.

Origin and Etymology of find

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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find

noun

Definition of find

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of finding

  2. 2 :  something found: such asa :  a valuable discovery an archaeological findb :  a person whose ability proves to be unexpectedly good

Examples of find in a sentence

  1. That antique she bought at the flea market was a real find.

  2. That new secretary of yours is a real find!

Origin and Etymology of find

see 1find


First Known Use: 1802


FIND Defined for English Language Learners

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find

play
verb \ˈfīnd\

Definition of find for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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find

noun

Definition of find for English Language Learners

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


FIND Defined for Kids

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find

play
verb \ˈfīnd\

Definition of find for Students

found

\ˈfau̇nd\;

finding

  1. 1 :  to come upon by chance He found a dime.

  2. 2 :  to come upon or get by searching, study, or effort She finally found the answer. I found some free time.

  3. 3 :  to make a decision about The jury found her guilty.

  4. 4 :  to know by experience I find this Web site useful.

  5. 5 :  to gain or regain the use of I found my voice again.

  6. 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

finder

noun

find fault

  1. :  to criticize in an unfavorable way

find out

  1. :  to learn by studying, watching, or searching I found out the secret.


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find

play
noun

Definition of find for Students

  1. :  a usually valuable item or person found


Law Dictionary

find

verb

Legal Definition of find

found

finding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to come upon accidentally or through effort found a valuable antique in the old desk found a buyer for the property

  3. 2 :  to make a judicial determination regarding found the testimony not credible found the defendant guilty — compare decide, hold

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a judicial determination the jury found in favor of the plaintiff



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