found

1 of 5

past tense and past participle of find

found

2 of 5

adjective

1
: having all usual, standard, or reasonably expected equipment
the boat comes fully found, ready to go Holiday
2
: presented as or incorporated into an artistic work essentially as found
sculpture of fabric, wood, and other found materials Hilton Kramer

found

3 of 5

noun

: free food and lodging in addition to wages
they're paid $175 a month and found New Yorker

found

4 of 5

verb (1)

founded; founding; founds

transitive verb

1
: to take the first steps in building
2
: to set or ground on something solid : base
3
: to establish (something) often with provision for future maintenance
found an institution

found

5 of 5

verb

founded; founding; founds

transitive verb

: to melt (a material, such as metal) and pour into a mold

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

from past participle of find entry 1

Noun

from past participle of find entry 1

Verb (1)

Middle English founden, borrowed from Anglo-French fonder, funder, going back to Latin fundāre, derivative of fundus "bottom, base, foundation" — more at bottom entry 1

Verb

borrowed from Middle French fondre "to melt, cast," going back to Old French, going back to Latin fundere "to pour, shed, cast, send forth, disperse," going back to Indo-European hu-n-d-, present tense derivative of heu̯d- "pour" (also Germanic, in Old English gēotan "to pour, shed," Old High German giozan, Old Norse gjóta "to drop, throw, give birth [of animals]," Gothic giutan "to pour"), extended form of Indo-European heu̯- "pour," whence Greek chéō, cheîn "to pour, shed," Tocharian B kewu "I will pour," Sanskrit juhoti "(s/he) pours, sacrifices"

First Known Use

Adjective

1758, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of found was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Found.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/found. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

found

1 of 3

past and past participle of find

found

2 of 3 verb
: establish sense 3a
found a colony
founded the company in 1847

found

3 of 3 verb
: to melt (metal) and pour into a mold

Legal Definition

found

1 of 2

past and past participle of find

found

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to establish (as an institution) often with provision for future maintenance

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