find·​er | \ ˈfīn-dər How to pronounce finder (audio) \

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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Who can benefit from services that promise to remove you from people-finder sites? Steven Petrow, USA TODAY, "Delete yourself from the Internet's people finder sites: Is it worth it?," 4 May 2018 Their online shade finder is super easy, and walks you through the process of understanding your skin tone and what products to use. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "MAC Expanded Its Studio Fix Fluid SPF Foundation Line," 6 Sep. 2018 So far, a healthy handful of Thorn's rocks have been picked up, and the finders have posted photos on the Facebook page. Craig Webb, ajc, "Painted rocks hidden in Ohio are finding their way around the world," 8 May 2018 And there’s generally a consequence for the finder. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Upcoming Mardi Gras means S.A. bakers rolling in king cake," 24 Jan. 2018 Describing himself as a fossil-finder rather than a whale-hugger, the Smithsonian Institution paleontologist travels the world to find out how, when and why baleen whales became the giants of the ocean. Karin Altenberg, WSJ, "What to Give: Nature Books," 15 Nov. 2018 In addition to the Premiere and Premiere+ players, Roku announced an upgrade to its $99 Ultra set-top box with an improved remote finder that also has a few new tones, including the Game of Thrones theme music. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New Roku Premiere devices make 4K HDR streaming as affordable as $39," 24 Sep. 2018 The brand has thankfully taken this into consideration and is launching a shade finder tool online. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "MAC Is Now Offering 60 Shades of Foundation," 5 Sep. 2018 The university said that fact-finders were briefing the board on Monday. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Ohio State trustees set Wednesday meeting on Meyer’s future," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of finder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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