find

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

Essential Meaning of find

1 : to discover (something or someone) without planning or trying to : to discover (something or someone) by chance He found a dollar on the ground. The well diggers found a number of Native American artifacts. She finds [=meets] interesting people wherever she goes.
2 : to get or discover (something or someone that you are looking for) After an hour of searching, I finally found my glasses. find a missing person See More ExamplesWe need to find a suitable person for the job. I found a job for him. = I found him a job. My glasses are nowhere to be found. = I can't find my glasses.Hide
3 : to discover or learn (something) by studying about it 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

Full 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
4a : provide, supply
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 statement also said the U.S. attorney's office did not find sufficient evidence that any of the officers committed a crime. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2021 Even on a lackluster day, the Chiefs always have a chance and nine times out of 10 will find a way to prevail. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 As remote and hybrid work continues, companies are trying to find new ways to support engagement. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 13 Sep. 2021 Fred Gray, a longtime civil rights lawyer who filed the complaint, said officials have been trying to find members of the Tuskegee chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. NBC News, 13 Sep. 2021 The statement also said the U.S. attorney’s office did not find sufficient evidence that any of the officers committed a crime. Fox News, 12 Sep. 2021 My hope is that designers showing will find their way onto the shelves of Bergdorf Goodman and Saks. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Some might discover their homes spared, but many will find piles of ash, warned Cal Fire spokesperson Marco Rodriguez. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Sep. 2021 One way people cope, added psychologist Sherry Cormier, is by trying to find some sort of certainty. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The real find though was text listing his residence as Los Angeles County. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Dahan, for his part, gave his find to Israeli authorities and, in return, received a certificate of appreciation from the IAA. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Aug. 2021 Tucker Bailey, 12, stands in ankle-deep water in Hale County, beaming from ear to ear and showing off his latest find. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 5 Aug. 2021 As for her lips, the Peloton pro loves a good affordable find. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, 30 July 2021 Despite the numbers, Reed snuck in through the back door for the Red Sox, a solid find in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft from the Rangers in December. BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2021 The good news is that there's a solid range of options available, like a quick-drying liquid liner with a handcrafted, fine-tip brush and an under-$10 find with a 36-hour wear time. Lauren Dana, Allure, 26 July 2021 As the 62-year-old struggles to a find a permanent and affordable place to live, San Francisco has never been so flush with cash to help people like her. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 2021 Chris Langston, 48, stumbled upon a creepy find while using a metal detector in the woods near his home in Oswestry, England, on June 30. Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021

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

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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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