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verb (used with object),found, find·ing.
  1. to come upon by chance; meet with: He found a nickel in the street.

  2. to locate, attain, or obtain by search or effort: to find an apartment; to find happiness.

  1. to locate or recover (something lost or misplaced): I can't find my blue socks.

  2. to discover or perceive after consideration: to find something to be true.

  3. to gain or regain the use of: His anger finally helped him find his tongue.

  4. to ascertain by study or calculation: to find the sum of several numbers.

  5. to feel or perceive: He finds it so.

  6. 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.

  7. to discover: Columbus found America in 1492.

  8. Law.

    • to determine after judicial inquiry: to find a person guilty.

    • to pronounce as an official act (an indictment, verdict, or judgment).

  9. to provide or furnish: Bring blankets and we'll find the rest of the equipment for the trip.

  10. 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.
  1. to determine an issue after judicial inquiry: The jury found for the plaintiff.

  2. British Hunting. to come upon game.

  1. an act of finding or discovering.

  2. something found; a discovery, especially a valuable or gratifying one: Our cook was a find.

  1. Hunting. a discovery of game, especially foxes.

Verb Phrases
  1. 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.

Idioms about find

  1. find fault. fault (def. 16).

  2. 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

First recorded before 900; Middle English finden, Old English findan; cognate with German finden, Dutch vinden, Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan

Other words for find

Other words from find

  • find·a·ble, adjective
  • re·find, verb (used with object), re·found, re·find·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use find in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for find


/ (faɪnd) /

verbfinds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)
  1. to meet with or discover by chance

  2. to discover or obtain, esp by search or effort: to find happiness

  1. (may take a clause as object) to become aware of; realize: he found that nobody knew

  2. (may take a clause as object) to regard as being; consider: I find this wine a little sour

  3. to look for and point out (something to be criticized): to find fault

  4. (also intr) law to determine an issue after judicial inquiry and pronounce a verdict (upon): the court found the accused guilty

  5. to regain (something lost or not functioning): to find one's tongue

  6. to reach (a target): the bullet found its mark

  7. to provide, esp with difficulty: we'll find room for you too

  8. to be able to pay: I can't find that amount of money

  9. find oneself to realize and accept one's real character; discover one's true vocation

  10. find one's feet to become capable or confident, as in a new job

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

Origin of find

Old English findan; related to Old Norse finna, Gothic finthan, Old High German fintan to find

Derived forms of find

  • findable, adjective

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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

also see:

  • hard way (find out the)

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