from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To come upon, often by accident; meet with.
  • transitive v. To come upon or discover by searching or making an effort: found the leak in the pipe.
  • transitive v. To discover or ascertain through observation, experience, or study: found a solution; find the product of two numbers; found that it didn't really matter.
  • transitive v. To perceive to be, after experience or consideration: found the gadget surprisingly useful; found the book entertaining.
  • transitive v. To experience or feel: found comfort in her smile.
  • transitive v. To recover (something lost): found her keys.
  • transitive v. To recover the use of; regain: found my voice and replied.
  • transitive v. To succeed in reaching; arrive at: The dart found its mark.
  • transitive v. To obtain or acquire by effort: found the money by economizing.
  • transitive v. To decide on and make a declaration about: The jury deliberated and found a verdict of guilty. All the jurors found him guilty.
  • transitive v. To furnish; supply.
  • transitive v. To bring (oneself) to an awareness of what one truly wishes to be and do in life.
  • transitive v. To perceive (oneself) to be in a specific place or condition: found herself at home that night; found himself drawn to the stranger.
  • intransitive v. To come to a legal decision or verdict: The jury found for the defendant.
  • n. The act of finding.
  • n. Something that is found, especially an unexpectedly valuable discovery: The Rosetta stone was a providential archaeological find.
  • find out To ascertain (something), as through examination or inquiry: I found out the phone number by looking it up. If you're not sure, find out.
  • find out To detect the true nature or character of; expose: Liars risk being found out.
  • find out To detect and apprehend; catch: Most embezzlers are found out in the end.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To encounter, to discover something searched for.
  • v. To point out.
  • v. To decide that, to form the opinion that.
  • v. To determine or judge.
  • n. Anything that is found (usually valuable), as objects on an archeological site or a person with talent.
  • n. The act of finding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything found; a discovery of anything valuable; especially, a deposit, discovered by archæologists, of objects of prehistoric or unknown origin.
  • intransitive v. To determine an issue of fact, and to declare such a determination to a court.
  • transitive v. To meet with, or light upon, accidentally; to gain the first sight or knowledge of, as of something new, or unknown; hence, to fall in with, as a person.
  • transitive v. To learn by experience or trial; to perceive; to experience; to discover by the intellect or the feelings; to detect; to feel.
  • transitive v. To come upon by seeking.
  • transitive v. To discover by sounding.
  • transitive v. To discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end.
  • transitive v. To gain, as the object of desire or effort.
  • transitive v. To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
  • transitive v. To provide for; to supply; to furnish
  • transitive v. To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to establish

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To discover by sight or feeling; come or light upon, either by seeking or unexpectedly; encounter or meet with for the first time.
  • To discover by methodical means; ascertain or make out by systematic exploration, trial, or study: as, to find bottom by sounding; to find a bullet in a wound by probing; an effort to find the philosopher's stone; to find one's way in the dark; to find the answer to a problem.
  • To discover the use of, or the way to make or use; invent; devise.
  • To discover or ascertain by experience; learn from observation or sensation: as, the climate was found to be unpropitious; to find a friend in a supposed enemy.
  • To succeed in attaining; gain by effort: as, to find leisure for a visit; to find safety in flight.
  • To come to or into by natural causes or by force of circumstances; arrive at; reach: as, water finds its level; the picture found its way to the auction-room.
  • To detect; catch: commonly with out. See to find out, below.
  • In law, to determine after judicial inquiry: as, the jury found him guilty; to find a verdict for the plaintiff.
  • To supply; provide; furnish: as, to find money or provisions for an expedition.
  • To support; maintain; provide for: followed by the direct object of the person (often reflexive), with in, formerly also with, before the thing provided: as, to receive ten dollars a week and find one's self.
  • To compose; set in order; arrange.
  • To reach home to; take the fancy of; appeal to the taste or liking of.
  • See def. 10.
  • In law, to determine an issue after judicial inquiry; direct judgment on the merits or facts of a case: as, the jury finds for the plaintiff.
  • To discover scent or game: said of dogs in the field.
  • n. A discovery of something valuable; the thing found: as, a find in the gold-fields; finds of prehistoric tools. The use of find as a noun has become common only since its application in recent times to discoveries of archæological remains.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get something or somebody for a specific purpose
  • v. make a discovery, make a new finding
  • v. establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
  • n. the act of discovering something
  • v. get or find back; recover the use of
  • v. perceive or be contemporaneous with
  • v. come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
  • v. come upon, as if by accident; meet with
  • n. a productive insight
  • v. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
  • v. decide on and make a declaration about
  • v. come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
  • v. succeed in reaching; arrive at
  • v. accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation
  • v. make a discovery
  • v. obtain through effort or management
  • v. receive a specified treatment (abstract)
  • v. perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English finden, from Old English findan; see pent- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English findan, from Proto-Germanic *finþanan (compare Dutch vinden, German finden, Swedish finna), a secondary verb from Proto-Indo-European *pontHo- (compare Old Irish étain 'I find', áitt 'place', Latin pōns 'bridge', Ancient Greek póntos 'sea', Old Armenian հուն (hun, "ford"), Avestan pantā (gen. paþō), Sanskrit pánthās 'path').


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