verb (used with object), found, find·ing.
- to determine after judicial inquiry: to find a person guilty.
- to pronounce as an official act (an indictment, verdict, or judgment).
verb (used without object), found, find·ing.
- to discover or confirm the truth of (something).
- to detect or expose, as a crime or offense.
- to uncover the true nature, identity, or intentions of (someone): They found him out before he could launch the rebellion.
Origin of find
Synonyms for find
Related Words for findlocate, unearth, notice, detect, spot, discover, identify, meet, strike, uncover, recover, encounter, get, boast, treasure, jewel, bargain, bonanza, gem, catch
Examples from the Web for find
Contemporary Examples of find
In the end, I find it never fails to modernize even the most dramatic things.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
What criticisms of last season did you find helpful, and not so helpful?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
But as you get older, I find I get more tunes and I have to work harder at the words.
I still do find it a tremendously useful device to invent a character and have the character sing the song.
With Ebola still raging in West Africa, the race to find a vaccine is heating up.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
Historical Examples of find
But am I so fortunate as to find you willing to return with me?
From what we had heard, we expected to find you in the city.
In the garden of Anaxagoras, you will find a statue of Pallas, carved from an olive-tree.
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.
verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)
Word Origin 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.).
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
- hard way (find out the)