- simple past tense and past participle of find.
- equipped, outfitted, or furnished: He bought a new boat, fully found.
- British. provided or furnished without additional charge, as to a tenant; included within the price, rent, etc. (often used postpositively): Room to let, laundry found.
- something that is provided or furnished without charge, especially meals given a domestic: Maid wanted, good salary and found.
- to set up or establish on a firm basis or for enduring existence: to found a new publishing company.
- to lay the lowest part of (a structure) on a firm base or ground: a house founded on solid rock.
- to base or ground (usually followed by on or upon): a story founded on fact.
- to provide a basis or ground for.
Origin of found2
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- to melt and pour (metal, glass, etc.) into a mold.
- to form or make (an article) of molten material in a mold; cast.
Origin of found3
- 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.
- 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.
- find out,
- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for found
Interesting that those who sat in judgment of him found those two sets of beliefs to be incompatible.In Defense of Blasphemy
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“I found him to to be an interesting person,” Krauss said of the first impression.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
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At some point during his busy schedule, Israel found the time to write a book, titled The Global War on Morris.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
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Mr. Bachner found it by wandering through the market and identified a craftsmen here who works in a tiny booth.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
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Lennon casually told some DC friends about it and found there was local interest in establishing Dinner Parties.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
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They arrived at the gate without question or hindrance; but found it fastened.
He would not adopt a nameless orphan, found with a poor goatherd of Phelle.
I found him crowned with garlands; for he had been offering sacrifices in the hall.
I found the people corrupted; and I must humour their disease.
Pericles went to seek his son, and found him reclining on the couch where he had left him.
- the past tense and past participle of find
- furnished, or fitted outthe boat is well found
- British with meals, heating, bed linen, etc, provided without extra charge (esp in the phrase all found)
- (tr) to bring into being, set up, or establish (something, such as an institution, society, etc)
- (tr) to build or establish the foundation or basis of
- (also intr; foll by on or upon) to have a basis (in); depend (on)
- to cast (a material, such as metal or glass) by melting and pouring into a mould
- to shape or make (articles) in this way; cast
- 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
Word Origin and History for found
"establish," late 13c., from Old French founder (12c., Modern French fonder), from Latin fundare "to lay the bottom or foundation of something," from fundus "bottom, foundation" (see fund (n.)). Related: Founded; founding. Phrase founding fathers with reference to the creators of the American republic is attested from 1916.
"cast metal," late 14c., "to mix, mingle," from Middle French fondre "pour out, melt, mix together," from Old French fondre, from Latin fundere "melt, cast, pour out," from PIE *gheud- (cf. Gothic giutan, German gießen, Old English geotan "to pour"), from root *gheu- "to pour" (cf. Greek khein "to pour," khoane "funnel," khymos "juice"). Meaning "to cast metal" is from 1560s.
"discovered," late 14c., past participle adjective from find (v.). Expression and found in old advertisements for job openings, travelling berths, etc., attached to the wages or charges, indicates that meals are provided, from the expression to find one's self "to provide for one's self." "When a laborer engages to provide himself with victuals, he is said to find himself, or to receive day wages" [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]. Hence, so much and found for "wages + meals provided."
"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).
Idioms and Phrases with found
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)