\ 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
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



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

Other Words from find


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! See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Investigators tried to ping his phone for location and tried to access the vehicle's system for GPS data but didn't find any. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2022 At the same time, employers still can’t find enough workers for many types of jobs. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, 22 June 2022 Find @JeIIy & @iamsannay in this sea of Featured Creators AND find them at #VCUS22 this June! Morgan Sung, NBC News, 22 June 2022 Following Allison's decision to press the big red button, an elevator door opens, and the remaining members of the gang find themselves in Obsidian Memorial Park. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 June 2022 Committee business is conducted via email because its executive members can’t find time to meet as a group. Mark Settle, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Individuals and families living with limited household budgets — working low-wage jobs or living on disability support — simply can’t find housing prices that fit within their budgets. Jim Vargas, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2022 There was a report of shots fired in the 300 block of Sherman Avenue on June 15 but responding officers did not find anything. Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 20 June 2022 The Pride would not find near as much success for the remainder of the match as Portland’s defense locked down and its attack exploded. oregonlive, 19 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Beyond demolishing the notion of bacteria being microscopic, the find challenges long-standing ideas about the nature of life on our planet. Sumeet Kulkarni, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Ian Bartoszek, a wildlife biologist and python project manager with Conservancy of Southwest Florida, disclosed to Fox News Digital just how major a find this was for the Everglades region, given that the python is the heaviest on record. Fox News, 23 June 2022 The find makes the vessel one of only three Manila galleons identified on the North American West Coast, as well as one of just three in the world with surviving wood pieces, per the Oregon Coast Beach Connection. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 June 2022 On June 13, an Oakhurst Lane resident woke up to quite an interesting find. John Benson, cleveland, 21 June 2022 But for a gift-shop find that truly upends expectations of what the Black Forest has to offer, head 5 miles south to the town of Hornberg, home of the Schwarzwälder Pilzlehrschau mushroom school. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 17 June 2022 One notable find from the archives is a demo tape from May 1965 that Reed mailed to himself but never opened up. Fred Sahai, Billboard, 16 June 2022 As for this latest find, one of the volunteers working on the excavation was a retired biochemist from South Wales named Dylan Herbert, who initially viewed the stone as just another piece of rubble. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 June 2022 Researchers compare the surprising find to coming across missing puzzle pieces. Michael Hill, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of find


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


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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\ 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



Kids Definition of find (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually valuable item or person found


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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