What does FIND mean?

Definitions for FINDfaɪnd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word FIND.

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"


  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

  12. Origin: [AS. findan; akin to D. vinden, OS. & OHG. findan, G. finden, Dan. finde, icel. & Sw. finna, Goth. finan; and perh. to L. petere to seek, Gr. pi`ptein to fall, Skr. pat to fall, fly, E. petition.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Find

    fīnd, v.t. to come upon or meet with: to discover or arrive at: to perceive: to experience: to supply: to determine after judicial inquiry:—pr.p. fīnd′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. found.—ns. Find′er; Find′-fault (Shak.), one who finds fault with another; Find′ing, act of one who finds: that which is found: a judicial verdict: (pl.) the appliances which some workmen have to supply, esp. of shoemakers—everything save leather.—Find one in (something), to supply one with something; Find one's account (in anything), to find satisfactory profit or advantage in it; Find one's legs, to rise, or to recover the use of one's legs, as after being drunk, &c.; Find one's self, to feel, as regards health, happiness, &c.; Find out, to discover. [A.S. findan; Ger. finden.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FIND in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FIND in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Byrne:

    Love will find a lay.

  2. Francois Hollande:

    We will find a compromise.

  3. Torben Sarauw:

    It's quite a special find.

  4. Juliana Frisina:

    Shared! Hope you find them!

  5. Donald Trump:

    I find women to be amazing.

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