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.

Synonyms for find Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for find

Contemporary Examples of find

Historical Examples of find

  • But am I so fortunate as to find you willing to return with me?


    Lydia Maria Child

  • From what we had heard, we expected to find you in the city.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • In the garden of Anaxagoras, you will find a statue of Pallas, carved from an olive-tree.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • He never could find out what was "going on" to bring so many folks into town.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • When you return, you will find a trifling token of remembrance for yourself and Philothea.


    Lydia Maria Child

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

Old English findan "come upon, meet with, discover; obtain by search or study" (class III strong verb; past tense fand, past participle funden), from Proto-Germanic *finthan "to come upon, discover" (cf. Old Saxon findan, Old Frisian finda, Old Norse finna, Middle Dutch vinden, Old High German findan, German finden, Gothic finþan), originally "to come upon."

The Germanic word is from PIE root *pent- "to tread, go" (cf. Old High German fendeo "pedestrian;" Sanskrit panthah "path, way;" Avestan panta "way;" Greek pontos "open sea," patein "to tread, walk;" Latin pons (genitive pontis) "bridge;" Old Church Slavonic poti "path," peta "heel;" Russian put' "path, way"). To find out "to discover by scrutiny" is from 1550s (Middle English had a verb, outfinden, c.1300).


"person or thing discovered," 1825, from find (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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