Definitions for findfaɪnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

findfaɪnd(v.; n.)found, find•ing

  1. (v.t.)to come upon by chance; meet with:

    to find a dime in the street.

  2. to locate, attain, or obtain by search or effort:

    to find an apartment.

  3. to recover (something lost).

  4. to discover or perceive after consideration:

    to find something to be true.

  5. to gain or regain the use of:

    to find one's tongue.

  6. to ascertain by study or calculation.

  7. to feel; perceive:

    He finds sorrow in the tale.

  8. to become aware of (oneself), as being in a certain condition or place.

  9. to discover.

  10. to encounter (a particular response):

    I hope this finds favor with you.

  11. to determine after judicial inquiry: to pronounce as an official act (an indictment, verdict, or judgment).

    to find a person guilty.

    Category: Law

  12. (v.i.)to determine an issue after judicial inquiry:

    The jury found for the plaintiff.

    Category: Law

  13. find out, to discover, expose, or confirm. to uncover and expose the true nature of (someone):

    You will be found out if you lie.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  14. (n.)an act of finding or discovering.

  15. something found, esp. a valuable or gratifying discovery.

Idioms for find:

  1. find oneself,to discover and pursue one's genuine interests and talents.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of find:

bef. 900; ME; OE findan; c. OS findan, ON finna, Go finthan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discovery, breakthrough, find(noun)

    a productive insight

  2. discovery, find, uncovering(verb)

    the act of discovering something

  3. find, happen, chance, bump, encounter(verb)

    come upon, as if by accident; meet with

    "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"

  4. detect, observe, find, discover, notice(verb)

    discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

    "She detected high levels of lead in her drinking water"; "We found traces of lead in the paint"

  5. find, regain(verb)

    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost

    "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"

  6. determine, find, find out, ascertain(verb)

    establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

    "find the product of two numbers"; "The physicist who found the elusive particle won the Nobel Prize"

  7. find, feel(verb)

    come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds

    "I feel that he doesn't like me"; "I find him to be obnoxious"; "I found the movie rather entertaining"

  8. witness, find, see(verb)

    perceive or be contemporaneous with

    "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results"

  9. line up, get hold, come up, find(verb)

    get something or somebody for a specific purpose

    "I found this gadget that will serve as a bottle opener"; "I got hold of these tools to fix our plumbing"; "The chairman got hold of a secretary on Friday night to type the urgent letter"

  10. discover, find(verb)

    make a discovery, make a new finding

    "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"

  11. discover, find(verb)

    make a discovery

    "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"

  12. find(verb)

    obtain through effort or management

    "She found the time and energy to take care of her aging parents"; "We found the money to send our sons to college"

  13. rule, find(verb)

    decide on and make a declaration about

    "find someone guilty"

  14. receive, get, find, obtain, incur(verb)

    receive a specified treatment (abstract)

    "These aspects of civilization do not find expression or receive an interpretation"; "His movie received a good review"; "I got nothing but trouble for my good intentions"

  15. find(verb)

    perceive oneself to be in a certain condition or place

    "I found myself in a difficult situation"; "When he woke up, he found himself in a hospital room"

  16. recover, retrieve, find, regain(verb)

    get or find back; recover the use of

    "She regained control of herself"; "She found her voice and replied quickly"

  17. find(verb)

    succeed in reaching; arrive at

    "The arrow found its mark"

  18. find oneself, find(verb)

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

    "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. find(verb)ɪnd

    to discover sth you are looking for

    Did you find your keys?; I'm hoping to find someone to clean my house.

  2. findɪnd

    to notice or see unexpectedly

    We found a beautiful old church while we were walking around.; I found her sitting on the front porch.

  3. findɪnd

    to judge in a particular way

    I find her rude and ignorant.; How did you find the food at the hotel?

  4. findɪnd

    to judge guilty or not guilty in a law court

    She was found guilty of murder.

  5. findɪnd

    to be able to do sth in a particular way

    He finds talking about it difficult.; I find swimming really easy.


  1. find(Noun)

    Anything that is found (usually valuable), as objects on an archeological site or a person with talent.

  2. find(Noun)

    The act of finding.

  3. find(Verb)

    To encounter, to discover something searched for.

  4. find(Verb)

    To point out.

    He kept finding faults with my work.

  5. find(Verb)

    To decide that, to form the opinion that.

    I find your argument unsatisfactory.

  6. find(Verb)

    To determine or judge.

    The jury finds for the defendant.

  7. Origin: From findan, from finþanan (compare Dutch vinden, German finden, Swedish finna), a secondary verb from pontHo- (compare Old Irish étain 'I find', áitt 'place', Latin pons 'bridge', Ancient Greek póntos 'sea', Old Armenian հուն, Avestan panta (gen. paþō), Sanskrit pánthās 'path').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Find(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

  2. Find(verb)

    to learn by experience or trial; to perceive; to experience; to discover by the intellect or the feelings; to detect; to feel

  3. Find(verb)

    to come upon by seeking; as, to find something lost

  4. Find(verb)

    to discover by sounding; as, to find bottom

  5. Find(verb)

    to discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end; as, water is found to be a compound substance

  6. Find(verb)

    to gain, as the object of desire or effort; as, to find leisure; to find means

  7. Find(verb)

    to attain to; to arrive at; to acquire

  8. Find(verb)

    to provide for; to supply; to furnish; as, to find food for workemen; he finds his nephew in money

  9. Find(verb)

    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

  10. Find(verb)

    to determine an issue of fact, and to declare such a determination to a court; as, the jury find for the plaintiff

  11. Find(noun)

    anything found; a discovery of anything valuable; especially, a deposit, discovered by archaeologists, of objects of prehistoric or unknown origin


  1. find

    In Unix-like and some other operating systems, find is a command-line utility that searches through one or more directory trees of a file system, locates files based on some user-specified criteria and applies a user-specified action on each matched file. The possible search criteria include a pattern to match against the file name or a time range to match against the modification time or access time of the file. By default, find returns a list of all files below the current working directory. The related locate programs use a database of indexed files obtained through find to provide a faster method of searching the entire filesystem for files by name.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'find' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #210

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'find' in Written Corpus Frequency: #219

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'find' in Verbs Frequency: #22

Anagrams of find

  1. NFID

Translations for find

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to come upon or meet with accidentally or after searching

Look what I've found!

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