Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To come upon, often by accident; meet with.
  • intransitive verb To come upon or discover by searching or making an effort.
  • intransitive verb To discover or ascertain through observation, experience, or study.
  • intransitive verb To perceive to be, after experience or consideration.
  • intransitive verb To experience or feel.
  • intransitive verb To recover (something lost).
  • intransitive verb To recover the use of; regain.
  • intransitive verb To succeed in reaching; arrive at.
  • intransitive verb To obtain or acquire by effort.
  • intransitive verb To decide on and make a declaration about.
  • intransitive verb To furnish; supply.
  • intransitive verb To bring (oneself) to an awareness of what one truly wishes to be and do in life.
  • intransitive verb To perceive (oneself) to be in a specific place or condition.
  • intransitive verb To come to a legal decision or verdict.
  • noun The act of finding.
  • noun Something that is found, especially an unexpectedly valuable discovery.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb (Law) To determine an issue of fact, and to declare such a determination to a court.
  • noun Anything found; a discovery of anything valuable; especially, a deposit, discovered by archæologists, of objects of prehistoric or unknown origin.
  • transitive verb 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 verb To learn by experience or trial; to perceive; to experience; to discover by the intellect or the feelings; to detect; to feel.
  • transitive verb To come upon by seeking.
  • transitive verb To discover by sounding.
  • transitive verb To discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end.
  • transitive verb To gain, as the object of desire or effort.
  • transitive verb To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
  • transitive verb To provide for; to supply; to furnish
  • transitive verb To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to establish
  • transitive verb to detect (a thief); to discover (a secret) -- to solve or unriddle (a parable or enigma); to understand.
  • transitive verb to blame; to censure.

Etymologies

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').

Examples

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