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Meaning of find by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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' ) .


    • enPR: fīnd, IPA: /faɪnd/, X-SAMPA: /faInd/
    • Rhymes: -aɪnd
    • Homophone: fined


    "Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus", a painting by John William Waterhouse

    find ( third-person singular simple present finds, present participle finding, simple past found or fand ( dialectal ), past participle found or ( archaic ) founden )

    1. ( transitive ) To encounter, to discover something searched for .
      Project Gutenberg finds that Find is the 190th most important word in the English language .
      I found my car keys -- they were under the couch .
    2. ( transitive ) To point out .
      He kept finding faults with my work .
    3. ( transitive ) To decide that, to form the opinion that .
      I find your argument unsatisfactory .
    4. ( transitive ) To determine or judge .
      The jury finds for the defendant .


    • See also Wikisaurus:deem


    Derived terms

    See also finding and found


    find ( plural: finds )

    1. Anything that is found ( usually valuable ), as objects on an archeological site or a person with talent .
    2. The act of finding .



    External links

    • find in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • find in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


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Explanation of find by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation

    2. My son went to Berkeley to find himself
    3. receive a specified treatment ( abstract )

    4. These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation
    5. come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds

    6. I find him to be obnoxious
      I found the movie rather entertaining
    7. make a discovery

    8. She found that he had lied to her
    9. establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

    10. find the product of two numbers
      The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize
    11. decide on and make a declaration about

    12. find someone guilty
    13. make a discovery, make a new finding

    14. Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle
    15. succeed in reaching

    16. The arrow found its mark
    17. perceive or be contemporaneous with

    18. We found Republicans winning the offices
    19. discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

    20. We found traces of lead in the paint
    21. perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place

    22. I found myself in a difficult situation
      When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room
    23. obtain through effort or management

    24. She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents
      We found the money to send our sons to college
    25. get something or somebody for a specific purpose

    26. I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener
    27. get or find back

    28. She found her voice and replied quickly
    29. come upon, as if by accident

    30. We find this idea in Plato
    31. come upon after searching

    32. Did you find your glasses?
      I cannot find my gloves!
    1. the act of discovering something

    2. a productive insight

    Definition of find by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Find ( fīnd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Found ( found ); p. pr. & vb. n. Finding.] [AS. findan; akin to D. vinden, OS. & OHG. findan, G. finden, Dan. finde, icel. & Sw. finna, Goth. finþan; and perh. to L. petere to seek, Gr. πίπτειν to fall, Skr. pat to fall, fly, E. petition.]
      1. 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.

      Searching the window for a flint, I found

      This paper, thus sealed up. Shak.

      In woods and forests thou art found. Cowley.

      2. To learn by experience or trial; to perceive; to experience; to discover by the intellect or the feelings; to detect; to feel. “I find you passing gentle.” Shak.

      The torrid zone is now found habitable. Cowley.

      3. To come upon by seeking; as, “to find something lost”. To discover by sounding; as, “to find bottom”. To discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end; as, “water is found to be a compound substance”. To gain, as the object of desire or effort; as, “to find leisure; to find means”. To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.

      Seek, and ye shall find. Matt. vii. 7.

      Every mountain now hath found a tongue. Byron.

      4. To provide for; to supply; to furnish; as, “to find food for workemen; he finds his nephew in money.”

      Wages £14 and all found. London Times.

      Nothing a day and find yourself. Dickens.

      5. To arrive at, as a conclusion; to determine as true; to establish; as, “to find a verdict; to find a true bill ( of indictment ) against an accused person.”

      To find his title with some shows of truth. Shak.

      To find out, to detect ( a thief ); to discover ( a secret ) -- to solve or unriddle ( a parable or enigma ); to understand. “Canst thou by searching find out God?” Job. xi. 7. “We do hope to find out all your tricks.” Milton. -- To find fault with, to blame; to censure. -- To find one's self, to be; to fare; -- often used in speaking of health; as, “how do you find yourself this morning?”

    2. Find v. i. ( Law ) To determine an issue of fact, and to declare such a determination to a court; as, “the jury find for the plaintiff”. Burrill.

    3. Find, n. Anything found; a discovery of anything valuable; especially, a deposit, discovered by archæologists, of objects of prehistoric or unknown origin.