find out

verb
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

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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, courant.com, "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 News host Catt Sadler found out her male co-host, Jason Kennedy, was making double her salary. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "How to get parity without quitting your job," 5 Sep. 2019 Ivanwald, Sharlet found out, was an enclave where young Christian men could eat meat, study the gospels, play basketball, and be indoctrinated into a group that promised them exceptionalism. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Patriarchal Allure of The Family," 14 Aug. 2019 The same opposition group then tried to find out if any EPA employees donated to [Bernie] Sanders or [Elizabeth] Warren. Oliver Milman, Scientific American, "The Silenced: Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by the Trump Administration," 17 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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The first known use of find out was in the 15th century

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