find·er | \ˈfīn-dər \

Definition of finder 

1 : one that finds

2 : a small astronomical telescope of low power and wide field attached to a larger telescope for finding an object

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That would put Northgate and other finders on the hook for additional reporting requirements and state oversight. James Rufus Koren,, "Latest battle over California lending market: Should grocery stores offer large loans?," 12 July 2018 RentHoop is another roommate finder, active in California and Washington. Danielle Braff,, "Fallen out of love with your roommate? Find your next one Tinder-style," 18 Jan. 2018 Andy peers into the fish-finder; Barry tells another story; Allie lights another cigarette. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 Her mother saw her beautiful picture on pet finder and HAD TO HAVE HER! Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "English Bulldog Wins 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Competition," 24 June 2018 The cubes can also be used in reverse as a phone finder. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Father's Day gift guide: 6 ideas to help make dad's life easier," 11 June 2018 At Middlegrounds, the fish finder lit up with an abundance of bait right under our boat. Tom Stienstra,, "Salmon opener brings mysteries, chance of mayhem," 10 June 2018 Following a trip down the Trinity River a couple of weeks ago with Texas Game Warden Jake Noxon, Liberty County Judge Jay Knight discovered Noxon did not have a depth-finder or GPS on his boat. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty County officials donate new tool for local game wardens," 17 May 2018 So now, less Tiger mom, and more like chief cheerleader and fun finder. Kimberly Garrison,, "Fun ways to entice your kids to exercise | Kimberly Garrison," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of finder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to finder

finders keepers (losers weepers)

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The first known use of finder was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of finder

: a person who finds something that was lost



Legal Definition of finder 

1 : one that finds the finder of lost property has a right to it as against the world, except against the true ownerMcDonald v. Railway Express Agency, 81 S.E.2d 525 (1954)

2 : one that for a fee discovers a financial opportunity, passes it on to another, and may act as a go-between for but does not participate in subsequent negotiations between the involved parties — compare broker

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evasion of direct action or statement

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