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
Synonyms for find
Examples from the Web for refind
Historical Examples of refind
Presently he'll refind it and the road leads back to Phyllis.The Kingdom Round the Corner
What is it that often makes it so much harder for the soul to refind God when she is enclosed in the male body?The Prodigal Returns
Mine is the earth, thine the refind fire;I am mortal, thou divine; then soul mount higher.The Works of John Marston
This kind never go forth again; once they refind the ark of the covenant there they abide.The Imperialist
(a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
Mr. Ayres efforts to refind his man proved utterly futile, and nothing was left to him but to notify his chief.
verb finds, finding or found (faʊnd) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for find
"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).
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)