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verb (used with object), found, find·ing.
to come upon by chance; meet with: He found a nickel in the street.
to locate, attain, or obtain by search or effort: to find an apartment; to find happiness.
to locate or recover (something lost or misplaced): I can't find my blue socks.
to discover or perceive after consideration: to find something to be true.
to gain or regain the use of: His anger finally helped him find his tongue.
to ascertain by study or calculation: to find the sum of several numbers.
to feel or perceive: He finds it so.
to become aware of, or discover (oneself), as being in a condition or location: After a long illness, he found himself well again. She woke to find herself at home.
to discover: Columbus found America in 1492.
- to determine after judicial inquiry: to find a person guilty.
- to pronounce as an official act (an indictment, verdict, or judgment).
to provide or furnish: Bring blankets and we'll find the rest of the equipment for the trip.
South Midland and Southern U.S. (of farm animals) to give birth to: The brown cow found a calf yesterday.
verb (used without object), found, find·ing.
to determine an issue after judicial inquiry: The jury found for the plaintiff.
British Hunting. to come upon game.
an act of finding or discovering.
something found; a discovery, especially a valuable or gratifying one: Our cook was a find.
Hunting. a discovery of game, especially foxes.
- 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.
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Idioms about find
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
OTHER WORDS FROM findfind·a·ble, adjectivere·find, verb (used with object), re·found, re·find·ing.
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How to use find in a sentence
I have been a “pocket” miner—a sort of gold mining not findable in any but one little spot in the world, so far as I know.Is Shakespeare Dead?|Mark Twain
First, an object must be findable there (or sure signs of such an object must be found) which shall agree with the opinion.The Meaning of Truth|William James
If the old Ute could not find it, surely it is not findable.Meg of Mystery Mountain|Grace May North
I have written to my bookseller to find for you, and send a complete edition of "Modern Painters," if findable.Hortus Inclusus|John Ruskin
Tablets of Davenport—there's not a record findable that it ever occurred to any antiquarian—to ask a Mormon.The Book of the Damned|Charles Fort
British Dictionary definitions for find
/ (faɪnd) /
verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)
to meet with or discover by chance
to discover or obtain, esp by search or effortto find happiness
(may take a clause as object) to become aware of; realizehe found that nobody knew
(may take a clause as object) to regard as being; considerI find this wine a little sour
to look for and point out (something to be criticized)to find fault
(also intr) law to determine an issue after judicial inquiry and pronounce a verdict (upon)the court found the accused guilty
to regain (something lost or not functioning)to find one's tongue
to reach (a target)the bullet found its mark
to provide, esp with difficultywe'll find room for you too
to be able to payI can't find that amount of money
find oneself to realize and accept one's real character; discover one's true vocation
find one's feet to become capable or confident, as in a new job
a person, thing, etc, that is found, esp a valuable or fortunate discovery
Derived forms of findfindable, 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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
- hard way (find out the)
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