Definitions of find

  1. 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"
  2. a productive insight
  3. 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. 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. make a discovery; " She found that he had lied to her"; " The story is false, so far as I can discover"
  6. make a discovery, make a new finding; " Roentgen discovered X- rays"; " Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
  7. the act of discovering something
  8. 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"
  9. come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; " Did you find your glasses?"; " I cannot find my gloves!"
  10. accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation; " My son went to Berkeley to find himself"
  11. 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"
  12. decide on and make a declaration about; " find someone guilty"
  13. 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"
  14. 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"
  15. get or find back; recover the use of; " She regained control of herself"; " She found her voice and replied quickly"
  16. succeed in reaching; arrive at; " The arrrow found its mark"
  17. 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"
  18. 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 the urgent letter"
  19. 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.
  20. To learn by experience or trial; to perceive; to experience; to discover by the intellect or the feelings; to detect; to feel.
  21. To come upon by seeking; as, to find something lost.
  22. To discover by sounding; as, to find bottom.
  23. To discover by study or experiment direct to an object or end; as, water is found to be a compound substance.
  24. To gain, as the object of desire or effort; as, to find leisure; to find means.
  25. To attain to; to arrive at; to acquire.
  26. To provide for; to supply; to furnish; as, to find food for workemen; he finds his nephew in money.
  27. 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.
  28. To determine an issue of fact, and to declare such a determination to a court; as, the jury find for the plaintiff.
  29. Anything found; a discovery of anything valuable; especially, a deposit, discovered by archaeologists, of objects of prehistoric or unknown origin.
  30. To discover; obtain by searching; learn by experiment; meet by accident; regain, as something lost; supply.
  31. The discovery of something valuable.
  32. Found.
  33. Finding.
  34. To come upon or meet with; to discover or arrive at; to perceive; to experience; to supply; - pr. p. finding; pa. t and pa. p. found.
  35. FINDER.
  36. To discover; perceive; supply.
  37. To discover accidentally or by search or study; learn by experience; perceive; ascertain.
  38. To decide judicially.
  39. To furnish; provide; support.
  40. Finder, finding.
  41. Something found. To find one's self, to be; to fare in regard to ease or pain, health or sickness. To find in, to supply or to furnish with. To find out, to discover; to sound; to understand; to comprehend; to detect. To find fault with, to censure. To find a bill, to establish grounds of accusation, as by grand jury. To find a ship's trim, to discover how she shall best sail.
  42. To discover; to fall in with; to discover by seeking; to discover by study, experiment, or trial; to gain; to perceive; to detect; to enjoy; to discover and declare; to supply.
  43. To discover; to recover; to regain something lost; to gain or have; to furnish or supply; to arrive at; to determine.
  44. Discovery; thing found.

Quotes of find

  1. I like directing. It takes a lot out of you, but I'd like to do it again- I just have to find a story I want to tell. – Kevin Bacon
  2. If you're honest with yourself, you're going to find out whether you truly love America, or whether your primary allegiance is to the Republican party. – Vincent Bugliosi
  3. Science is a perception of the world around us. Science is a place where what you find in nature pleases you. – Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
  4. This is my third ABC show over the last four years, so we were afraid that nobody would find it. ABC was really struggling and so we just weren't very confident that it would find an audience. – James Denton
  5. If ants are such busy workers, how come they find time to go to all the picnics? – Marie Dressler
  6. I think I'm still trying to find my feet as an actor. And I know it ain't brain surgery, but it confuses me and it comes between me and my sleep a lot. – Colin Farrell
  7. I don't know if we ever fully get over the pain of watching a child trying to find their way through a world that too often doesn't understand. – Anne Ford
  8. The only way to find that territory is trying to keep your mind constantly open. That's the only way that you're ever going to see the sort of signs of where to go. – Tom Jenkinson
  9. I find nothing wrong with the naked body. – Moira Kelly
  10. Most people who work at home find they do not have the benefit of receptionists who serve as personal guards. – Judith Martin
  11. If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy. – James Monroe
  12. A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. – George A. Moore
  13. To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life- bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace. – Peace Pilgrim
  14. I have come close to producing films. But generally by the time they hit the screen, there's about 50 people with producer credits, so what's the point. I usually find scripts I like with no money attached and take them to producers that I know and try to raise finance. – Tim Roth
  15. Everyone has to find their own way, it's just that I don't want to go that way myself. If a band likes being on a major and feels happy there, good luck to them. – Malcolm Wilson

Usage examples for find

  1. And how did you find that out?" – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  2. And what did we find – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009
  3. How did you come to find me? – Sundown Slim by Henry Hubert Knibbs
  4. We have to find out what it is. – Anchorite by Randall Garrett
  5. But I find I do. – Lonesome Town by Ethel and James Dorrance
  6. I might find it. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  7. But I could find nothing. – A Jolly Fellowship by Frank R. Stockton
  8. I have never been over to find out. – If Any Man Sin by H. A. Cody
  9. Will you find all that is wanted, then? – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  10. I'll find a way to take you. – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst
  11. That's what we've got to find out. – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  12. I find that it is. – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking
  13. I find I shall want him where he is. – The Woman in Black by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  14. I shall find Patricia Langdon. – The Last Woman by Ross Beeckman
  15. You'd find it a help. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  16. She will find you out in time, and you will understand her better. – Abbeychurch or, Self-Control and Self-Conceit by Charlotte M. Yonge
  17. You know where to find him in the city here? – By Wit of Woman by Arthur W. Marchmont
  18. How can I find out now! – The Finer Grain by Henry James
  19. But it wasn't any use- we couldn't find it. – Roy Blakeley by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  20. Where to find him? – The Eight Strokes of the Clock by Maurice Le Blanc

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