Idioms

    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 forms

find·a·ble, adjectivere·find, verb (used with object), re·found, re·find·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for find out (1 of 2)

find out


verb (adverb)

to gain knowledge of (something); learnhe found out what he wanted
to detect the crime, deception, etc, of (someone)

British Dictionary definitions for find out (2 of 2)

find

/ (faɪnd) /

verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)

noun

a person, thing, etc, that is found, esp a valuable or fortunate discovery

Derived Forms

findable, 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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Idioms and Phrases with find out (1 of 2)

find out


1

Discover through examination or inquiry, as in You can find out his phone number by looking in the book. [Mid-1500]

2

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)

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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