Definitions for: Find


[n] the act of discovering something
[n] a productive insight
[v] accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation; "My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"
[v] 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"
[v] decide on and make a declaration about; "find someone guilty"
[v] make a discovery, make a new finding; "Roentgen discovered X-rays"; "Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
[v] succeed in reaching; arrive at; "The arrrow found its mark"
[v] perceive or be contemporaneous with; "We found Republicans winning the offices"; "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"; "I want to see results"; "The 1960 saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"; "I want to see results"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] get or find back; recover the use of; "She regained control of herself"; "She found her voice and replied quickly"
[v] 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"
[v] come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"



Webster (1913) Definition: Find, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Found; p. pr. & vb. n.
Finding.] [AS. findan; akin to D. vinden, OS. & OHG.
findan, G. finden, Dan. finde, icel. & Sw. finna, Goth.
fin?an; and perh. to L. petere to seek, Gr. ? 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.
(a) To discover by sounding; as, to find bottom.
(b) To discover by study or experiment direct to an object
or end; as, water is found to be a compound substance.
(c) To gain, as the object of desire or effort; as, to
find leisure; to find means.
(d) 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 [pounds]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?


Find, v. i. (Law)
To determine an issue of fact, and to declare such a
determination to a court; as, the jury find for the
plaintiff. --Burrill.


Find, n.
Anything found; a discovery of anything valuable; especially,
a deposit, discovered by arch[ae]ologists, of objects of
prehistoric or unknown origin.

Synonyms: ascertain, breakthrough, bump, chance, come up, detect, determine, discover, discover, discovery, discovery, encounter, feel, find oneself, find out, get, get hold, happen, incur, line up, notice, observe, obtain, receive, recover, retrieve, rule, see, uncovering, witness

Antonyms: lose

See Also: access, acquire, admeasure, arrive at, attain, attain, brainstorm, brainwave, breakthrough, catch, catch out, catching, chance on, chance upon, change, come across, come upon, comprehend, conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, conclude, count, deed, detection, determination, discover, effort, enumerate, espial, experience, exploit, fall upon, feat, feel, ferret, ferret out, find out, finding, gain, gestate, get, get a line, get wind, get word, go through, grow, happen upon, hear, hit, insight, instantiate, judge, label, learn, light upon, locate, locate, make, maturate, mature, number, numerate, perceive, pick up, pronounce, rake up, reach, reason, reason out, rectify, redetermine, rediscovery, refract, rout out, rout up, see, self-discovery, sense, sequence, sight, situate, spotting, spying, strike, take, trace, translate, turn up, undergo

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