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Meaning of found by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈfɑʊnd/
    • Rhymes: -aʊnd

    Etymology 1

    see find

    Etymology 2

    From Anglo-Norman founder ( French: fonder ), from Latin fundare .

    Etymology 3

    From Middle French fondre .



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Explanation of found by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. use as a basis for

    2. set up or lay the groundwork for

    3. set up or found

    1. come upon unexpectedly or after searching

    2. found art
      the lost-and-found department
    1. food and lodging provided in addition to money

    2. they worked for $30 and found

    Definition of found 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. Found imp. & p. p. of Find.

    3. Found, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Founded; p. pr. & vb. n. Founding.] [F. fondre, L. fundere to found, pour.] To form by melting a metal, and pouring it into a mold; to cast. “Whereof to found their engines.” Milton.

    4. Found, n. A thin, single-cut file for combmakers.

    5. Found, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Founded; p. pr. & vb. n. Founding.] [F. fonder, L. fundare, fr. fundus bottom. See 1st Bottom, and cf. Founder, v. i., Fund.]
      1. To lay the basis of; to set, or place, as on something solid, for support; to ground; to establish upon a basis, literal or figurative; to fix firmly.

      I had else been perfect,

      Whole as the marble, founded as the rock. Shak.

      A man that all his time

      Hath founded his good fortunes on your love. Shak.

      It fell not, for it was founded on a rock. Matt. vii. 25.

      2. To take the ffirst steps or measures in erecting or building up; to furnish the materials for beginning; to begin to raise; to originate; as, “to found a college; to found a family.”

      There they shall found

      Their government, and their great senate choose. Milton.

      Syn. -- To base; ground; institute; establish; fix. See Predicate.