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
Related formsfind·a·ble, adjectivere·find, verb (used with object), re·found, re·find·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for find out (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for find out (2 of 2)
verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)
Derived Formsfindable, adjective
Word Origin for find
Idioms and Phrases with find out (1 of 2)
Discover through examination or inquiry, as in You can find out his phone number by looking in the book. [Mid-1500]
Expose, detect the true nature or character of, especially in an offense. For example, Cheaters risk being found out. [c. 1700]
Idioms and Phrases with find out (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)