What does find mean?

Definitions for find
faɪndfind

Here are all the possible meanings 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"

Wiktionary

  1. findnoun

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

    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').

  2. findnoun

    The act of finding.

    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').

  3. findverb

    To encounter, to discover something searched for.

    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').

  4. findverb

    To point out.

    He kept finding faults with my work.

    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').

  5. findverb

    To decide that, to form the opinion that.

    I find your argument unsatisfactory.

    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').

  6. findverb

    To determine or judge.

    The jury finds for the defendant.

    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').

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

    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.]

  2. Findverb

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

    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.]

  3. Findverb

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

    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.]

  4. Findverb

    to discover by sounding; as, to find bottom

    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.]

  5. Findverb

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

    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.]

  6. Findverb

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

    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.]

  7. Findverb

    to attain to; to arrive at; to acquire

    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.]

  8. Findverb

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  10. Findverb

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

    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.]

  11. Findnoun

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

    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.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Yuri Yufyakov:

    Many people find themselves in a situation where the price of the apartment does not cover all of the debt.

  2. Phillips Brooks:

    The best advisers, helpers and friends, always are not those who tell us how to act in special cases, but who give us, out of themselves, the ardent spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders, to find out what our own form of right action is.

  3. Mayim Bialik:

    I think what I would have liked to tell my younger self about my mental health is that there are answers, for me, some of those answers I had to wait years to find and I needed to get different help, which ended up being really the right kind of help.

  4. Mother Teresa:

    We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.

  5. Curt Levey:

    A smart criminal would remember to turn their cell phone off at the moment when they’re committing a crime, but it’s a slippery slope to more intrusive tactics. Pretty soon, the government will be interested in where you were as much before and after the crime as they can get. And that’s where it gets dangerous. They will want to know your state of mind or whether you met with some co-conspirators, they will want as broad a record of your location as they can find.

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