What does Find mean?

Definitions for Find

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Find.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discovery, breakthrough, findnoun

    a productive insight

  2. discovery, find, uncoveringverb

    the act of discovering something

  3. find, happen, chance, bump, encounterverb

    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, noticeverb

    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, regainverb

    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, ascertainverb

    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, feelverb

    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, seeverb

    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, findverb

    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, findverb

    make a discovery, make a new finding

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

  11. discover, findverb

    make a discovery

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

  12. findverb

    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, findverb

    decide on and make a declaration about

    "find someone guilty"

  14. receive, get, find, obtain, incurverb

    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. findverb

    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, regainverb

    get or find back; recover the use of

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

  17. findverb

    succeed in reaching; arrive at

    "The arrow found its mark"

  18. find oneself, findverb

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

    "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"


  1. findnoun

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

  2. findnoun

    The act of finding.

  3. findverb

    To encounter, to discover something searched for.

  4. findverb

    To point out.

    He kept finding faults with my work.

  5. findverb

    To decide that, to form the opinion that.

    I find your argument unsatisfactory.

  6. findverb

    To determine or judge.

    The jury finds for the defendant.

  7. Etymology: 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').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To FINDverb

    Etymology: findan, Saxon; vinden, Dutch.

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find. Matt. vii. 7.

    Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy houshold stuff? Gen. xxxi. 37.

    A bird that flies about,
    And beats itself against the cage,
    Finding at last no passage out,
    It sits and sings. Abraham Cowley.

    When he hath found his sheep, he layeth it on his shoulders rejoicing. Luke xv. 5.

    In my school days, when I had lost one shaft,
    I shot his fellow of the self-same flight
    The self-same way, with more advised watch,
    To find the other forth; by vent’ring both,
    I oft found both. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    There watchful at the gate they find
    Suspicion with her eyes behind. Robert Dodsley, Miscell.

    In woods and forests thou art found. Abraham Cowley.

    The bad must miss, the good unsought shall find. Alexander Pope.

    How oft will he
    Of thy chang’d faith complain!
    And his fortunes find to be
    So airy and so vain! Abraham Cowley.

    The torrid zone is now found habitable. Abraham Cowley.

    With sharpen’d sight some remedies may find. Dryden.

    Thy maid! ah, find some nobler theme,
    Whereon thy doubts to place. Abraham Cowley.

    A curse on him who found the oar. Abraham Cowley.

    They build on sands, which if unmov’d they find,
    ’Tis but because there was no wind. Abraham Cowley.

    If we for happiness could leisure find,
    And wand’ring time into a method bind,
    We should not then the great mens favour need. Abraham Cowley.

    We oft review, each finding like a friend
    Something to blame, and something to commend. Alexander Pope.

    Beauty or wit in all I find. Abraham Cowley.

    When first found in a lie, talk to him of it as a strange monstrous matter, and so shame him out of it. John Locke.

    They are glad when they can find the grave. Job iii. 22.

    He did the utmost bounds of knowledge find,
    Yet found them not so large as was his mind. Abraham Cowley.

    A clear conscience and heroick mind,
    In ills their business and their glory find. Abraham Cowley.

    Some men
    The marks of old and catholick would find. Abraham Cowley.

    His peers, upon this evidence,
    Have found him guilty of high treason. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Pray, sir, how d’ye find yourself? says the doctor. Roger L'Estrange.

    The finding out of parables is a wearisome labour of the mind. Ecclus. xiii. 26.

    Can’st thou by searching find out God? Can’st thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? Job ii. 7.

    There are agents in nature able to make the particles of bodies stick together by very strong attractions, and it is the business of experimental philosophy to find them out. Newton.

    What hinders then, but that thou find her out,
    And hurry her away by manly force? Joseph Addison, Cato.

    The principal part of painting is to find out and thoroughly to understand what nature has made most beautiful. Dryden.

    A man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and to find out every device which shall be put to him. 2 Chron. ii. 14.

    While she proudly march’d about,
    Greater conquests to find out,
    She beat out Susan by the by. Abraham Cowley.

    It is agreeable to compare the face of a great man with the character, and to try if we can find out in his looks and features either the haughty, cruel, or merciful temper. Addison.

    He was afraid of being insulted with Greek; for which reason he desired a friend to find him out a clergyman rather of plain sense than much learning. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. find

    Find (verb): to locate or discover something or someone that was previously unknown, hidden, or lost by actively searching or seeking for it. It involves the process of uncovering information, objects, or individuals through investigation, observation, or inquiry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Findverb

    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. Findverb

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

  3. Findverb

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

  4. Findverb

    to discover by sounding; as, to find bottom

  5. Findverb

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

  6. Findverb

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

  7. Findverb

    to attain to; to arrive at; to acquire

  8. Findverb

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

  9. Findverb

    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. Findverb

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

  11. Findnoun

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

  12. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. find

    To know intuitively the location.

    They did find her coat she had last winter, she had put it in the bag in the attic for the next season.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 8, 2020  

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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

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  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

Examples of Find in a Sentence

  1. Hamish Dodds:

    The memorabilia will showcase both contemporary artists who call New York home, as well as iconic musicians in key moments in New York City music history, we have over 80,000 pieces so I think we will find a few that fit in this property.

  2. Christian Hart:

    It is rare to find a public figure who lies so frequently in such verifiable ways.

  3. Olivia Perez-Cuba:

    Republican women are now our not-so-secret, secret weapon, and in order to keep winning — and it's all about electoral success at the end of the day — then we need to find and support qualified women.

  4. Oscar Alleyne:

    You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't, right now, we're in constant flux. That's the best word I can find for it.

  5. Oben Coban:

    What we are also seeing is that those children who have lost their education, their families, their hopes, they are now struggling to find a reason to keep themselves in this world, at the moment, the only thing that can keep them in their lives is hope for the future.

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