\ 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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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 But even a snail is bound to find prison life dreary. The Economist, "Snails in a cell A lockdown opera pays tribute to a political prisoner in Turkey," 4 July 2020 The names of the six finalists had been kept secret by township officials during the more than eight-month process to find a replacement for Norrell, who has led the township since 2006. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands reveals contract for new general manager; names of other finalists," 3 July 2020 Read more To find more recalls for vehicles, groceries, consumer products and more, visit USA TODAY's searchable recalls database. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for June 25-July 2," 3 July 2020 As a result, Hurley needs to find reinforcements in the paint. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Remy Martin, Alonzo Verge NBA draft decisions loom over Arizona State basketball program," 3 July 2020 In addition to avoiding the risk of infection, telehealth visits with a therapist are also easier to schedule and less stressful, without the need to find childcare, leave work, or rush to an appointment. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Telehealth called a 'silver lining' of the COVID-19 pandemic. This time, it might stick," 3 July 2020 Families can also participate and will be given a scavenger hunt sheet to find items in each park along the way. cleveland, "Lorain County Metro Parks offers virtual races: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 3 July 2020 Deputies arrived on the scene to find the husband was gone. Carol Robinson |, al, "Jefferson County woman jailed after shooting husband in the back Friday morning," 3 July 2020 Cats and many other domestic (and wild) animals have sensitive hearing, provided by nature to find and hunt prey. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Experts say the find is only the beginning of discoveries possible in the caves of the Yucatan. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Divers uncover mysteries of earliest inhabitants of Americas deep inside Yucatan caves," 4 July 2020 While Drake studies his unusual find, Mason slides into another wartime flashback., "Perry Mason recap: Haunted by wartime horrors, Mason makes a gruesome discovery," 29 June 2020 The find was so impressive even Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli, gave Laizer a congratulatory phone call. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Big party tomorrow': Miner becomes instant millionaire after discovering record-breaking gems," 25 June 2020 The find also makes the site the largest prehistoric structure in Britain and possibly in Europe, according to Vincent Gaffney, of the University of Bradford, an archeologist involved in the analysis. Megan Specia,, "Neolithic site near Stonehenge yields an ‘astonishing discovery’," 22 June 2020 The find gives us new insight into the last phase of the Stone Age and the beginning of agriculture and settled village life in the area. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Incestuous kings may have built Ireland’s Newgrange Passage tomb," 19 June 2020 The find is the latest in a series of fascinating Maya discoveries. Fox News, "Stunning 'priceless' Maya wall paintings reveal their secrets," 18 June 2020 Fraley, another undrafted find for the Browns, was the starting center from 2006-08. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Does anybody deserve to be best No. 67? Ranking the best Browns to wear each jersey number: 66-70," 18 June 2020 Another sweet find is the men's Pardee Jacket, which boasts a perfect 5-star rating on the site. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "This Father's Day sale on top-rated North Face clothing is too good to resist," 15 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Find.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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