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
verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for find
"person or thing discovered," 1825, from find (v.).
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).
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]
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)