find out

found out; finding out; finds out

Definition of find out

transitive verb

1 : to learn by study, observation, or search : discover
2a : to catch in an offense (such as a crime) the culprits were soon found out
b : to ascertain the true character or identity of the informer was found out

intransitive verb

: to discover, learn, or verify something I don't know, but I'll find out for you

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Examples of find out in a Sentence

that was around the time that I found out I was adopted found out where she lived by checking the phone book
Recent Examples on the Web On Friday, actress Felicity Huffman will find out whether her fate also involves self-surrendering at a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "‘It was horrifying’: Ex-inmates describe fate that may await Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, other parents in college scandal," 12 Sep. 2019 Our current research team is also studying the characteristics of Harvey and Irma and the facilities themselves to find out which factors had the greatest effect on evacuation decisions. Kathryn Hyer, The Conversation, "Hurricane evacuation of nursing home residents still an unsolved challenge," 28 Aug. 2019 Timber Creek will find out how far along its team has progressed since gaining valuable experience for a sizable group of underclassman last fall. J.c. Carnahan,, "Class 8A, District 3: district champs Winter Park, Oviedo, Hagerty collide," 22 Aug. 2019 The dead person's daughter found out about her mother's death 10 days after the cremation. oregonlive, "State inspections of funeral homes fall short in Oregon," 15 Sep. 2019 Moore found out the names of the father and son—Bill and Cory Roeseler—and wrote them a letter. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How Hackers Won the Water," 13 Sep. 2019 Of course, a lot of Taylor Swift fans are finding out about Tool for the first time this week. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Tool's Huge Debut With 'Fear Inoculum' Comeback Album," 10 Sep. 2019 The detectives then found out the Jeep had been stolen from Morris, which is some 45 miles away. Christine Dempsey,, "Hartford police: City man arrested in stolen car crash at Taylor Swift’s house is again charged with stealing a car," 9 Sep. 2019 Yet in his flailing performance before MPs this week, like an undergraduate bluffing his way through a viva, he was found out. The Economist, "Boris Johnson’s Unconservative Party," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of find out

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of find out was in the 15th century

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