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.
Words nearby find
Idioms for find
Origin of find
OTHER WORDS FROM findfind·a·ble, adjectivere·find, verb (used with object), re·found, re·find·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for find oneself
verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)
Derived forms of findfindable, adjective
Word Origin for find
Idioms and Phrases with find oneself (1 of 2)
Become aware of what one wishes and can best do in life. For example, At last he's found himself—he really loves teaching. The same idea was sometimes put as to find one's feet, transferring a baby's new ability to stand or walk to a person becoming conscious of his or her abilities. [Late 1800s]
Discover where one is; also, how one is feeling. For example, He suddenly found himself on the right street, or To my surprise I find myself agreeing with you. [Mid-1400s]
Idioms and Phrases with find oneself (2 of 2)
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)