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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Robert Ballard is the finder of important lost things. Julie Cohn,, "Finding Amelia Earhart’s plane seemed impossible. Then came a startling clue," 12 Aug. 2019 In other cases, bug finders have kept Apple's software flaws to themselves because the company is stingy about paying out. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "Apple Has a Million Dollar Bug Problem—And It’s Only Paying Thousands to Squash Them," 31 July 2019 Carr, who has a reputation of being a 'star-finder' has previously worked with the club and left shortly after the Benitez era began but remained on good terms with Ashley., "Steve Bruce to Become Lowest Paid Manager in Premier League After Newcastle Move," 14 July 2019 The fact-finder is expected to publicly release a report in September. Hannah Leone,, "CPS custodians, security officers, aides vote to authorize strike after a year without a contract," 16 July 2019 The immigrant rights groups say such requests are rarely granted under the Trump administration and are not a substitute for bond hearings before independent fact-finders. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Judge asked to block new U.S. policy keeping asylum-seekers locked up," 29 June 2019 The immigrant rights groups say such requests are rarely granted under the Trump administration and are not a substitute for bond hearings before independent fact-finders. Washington Post, "Judge weighs new US policy keeping asylum seekers locked up," 28 June 2019 And people were not treating themselves to a finder’s fee. Stephanie Demarco,, "Experiment with ‘lost’ wallets reveals that people are surprisingly honest," 20 June 2019 Typically, public school districts or charter schools pay Teach For America an annual finder’s fee of $3,000 to $6,000 per teacher. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement," 18 June 2019

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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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