find

verb
\ ˈfīnd How to pronounce find (audio) \
found\ ˈfau̇nd How to pronounce find (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

find

noun

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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Other Words from find

Verb

findable \ ˈfīn-​də-​bəl How to pronounce find (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 The goal is to be more like the Dodgers — find undervalued talent, acquire and pay elite talent — but only the first part of that plan is currently in action right now. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Why the Red Sox should not trade Andrew Benintendi," 14 Jan. 2021 The Georgia Department of Public Health has an online vaccine locator where residents can find providers in their county. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Ohio’s coronavirus vaccine plan puts the burden on older residents: How does it compare to other state plans?," 14 Jan. 2021 But the 168-horsepower diesel inline-four was priced significantly higher than the CX-5's more powerful gasoline engines, and did not find a large audience. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Mazda Kills CX-5 Skyactiv-D Diesel in the U.S.," 14 Jan. 2021 Perhaps Netflix won’t need to, as users simply find other content to watch on their own. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "“The Office” is the most powerful force in streaming," 13 Jan. 2021 Vaccines garnering federal approval are likely to contain a mix of attributes that Americans find both favorable and unfavorable. Matt Motta, The Conversation, "Americans have unrealistic expectations for a COVID-19 vaccine," 13 Jan. 2021 While a Chinese investigation reportedly did not find any animals positive for the virus there, 69 environmental samples were positive, 61 of them from the market’s western wing, where wild boar, raccoons, and other mammals were sold. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "After aborted attempt, sensitive WHO mission to study pandemic origins is on its way to China," 13 Jan. 2021 Viewers of Gaudet’s 2020 artistic murder toll will find only 194 birds, though on Jan. 1, NOLA.com reported 195 killings, a jump of more than 60 percent over the previous year’s 121. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Why 2020 New Orleans murder sculpture outside City Hall will be one short of the true tally," 12 Jan. 2021 To prevent Facebook from following you around the web, go to, open the Ads page, find Ads Settings from the menu on the left, and select Ads shown off of Facebook. David Nield, Popular Science, "How to uncover what Facebook knows about you," 12 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Australian scientists made another stunning find in October. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Science's most fascinating and awe-inspiring discoveries in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Archaeologists in Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, have made the extraordinary find of a frescoed hot food and drinks shop that served up the ancient equivalent of street food to Roman passersby. NBC News, "Archaeologists uncover ancient street food shop in Pompeii," 28 Dec. 2020 The find caused quite a stir (some groups started thinking about alien hunting missions), but the excitement soon turned to confusion as other astronomers failed to verify the detection. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "The best space stories of 2020," 25 Dec. 2020 But his claims raised suspicions, and officials at the Belgian Agency for Immovable Heritage decided to coordinate with French customs officers to inspect the find. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Officials Seize 27,400 Artifacts Looted by a Single French Treasure Hunter," 18 Dec. 2020 Amid such misery, the valuable find seemed like a miracle. New York Times, "Treasure Washes Up on Venezuela’s Shore, Bringing Gold and Hope to a Village," 12 Dec. 2020 Another surprising find in Zippia's state by state breakdown is that only one state really loves the holiday classic that is candy canes, and that's Idaho. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "This Map Shows People's Favorite Christmas Desserts by State, and It's Surprisingly Cheesey," 8 Dec. 2020 While only a single meal, the find provides an exceptional look at the final hours of a creature's life more than a hundred million years ago. Science, "10 awesome science discoveries you may have missed in 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 The find also raises interesting questions about the evolution of skull structure and beak shape, given that the modern anatomy was apparently not required for a large beak of that shape. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Cretaceous birds were thought to have small bills—except this one," 29 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of find

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

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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Time Traveler for find

Time Traveler

The first known use of find was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Find.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/find. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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find

verb
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

find

noun

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

find

verb
\ 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

find

noun

Kids Definition of find (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually valuable item or person found

find

verb
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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