Nearby words

  1. finasteride,
  2. finback,
  3. finca,
  4. finch,
  5. finchley,
  6. find fault,
  7. find it in one's heart,
  8. find one's bearings,
  9. find one's way,
  10. find oneself


    find fault. fault(def 16).
    find oneself, to discover where one's real interests or talents lie, and follow them: After trying many occupations, he finally found himself and became an account executive.

Origin of find

before 900; Middle English finden, Old English findan; cognate with German finden, Dutch vinden, Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan

Related formsfind·a·ble, adjectivere·find, verb (used with object), re·found, re·find·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for find

British Dictionary definitions for find


verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)

to meet with or discover by chance
to discover or obtain, esp by search or effortto find happiness
(may take a clause as object) to become aware of; realizehe found that nobody knew
(may take a clause as object) to regard as being; considerI find this wine a little sour
to look for and point out (something to be criticized)to find fault
(also intr) law to determine an issue after judicial inquiry and pronounce a verdict (upon)the court found the accused guilty
to regain (something lost or not functioning)to find one's tongue
to reach (a target)the bullet found its mark
to provide, esp with difficultywe'll find room for you too
to be able to payI can't find that amount of money
find oneself to realize and accept one's real character; discover one's true vocation
find one's feet to become capable or confident, as in a new job


a person, thing, etc, that is found, esp a valuable or fortunate discovery
Derived Formsfindable, adjective

Word Origin for find

Old English findan; related to Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan, Old High German fintan to find

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Word Origin and History for find
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Idioms and Phrases with find


In addition to the idioms beginning with find

  • find fault
  • find it in one's heart
  • find one's bearings
  • find oneself
  • find one's way
  • find out
  • find true north

also see:

  • hard way (find out the)
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