(1)   The act of discovering something
(2)   A productive insight


(3)   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"
(4)   Make a discovery
"She found that he had lied to her"
"The story is false, so far as I can discover"
(5)   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"
(6)   Decide on and make a declaration about
"Find someone guilty"
(7)   Make a discovery, make a new finding
"Roentgen discovered X-rays"
"Physicists believe they found a new elementary particle"
(8)   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)   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"
(10)   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"
(11)   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"
(12)   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"
(13)   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"
(14)   Come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
"Did you find your glasses?"
"I cannot find my gloves!"


From , from . Cognate with Dutch , German , Swedish .


  1. To encounter, to discover.
    Project Gutenberg finds that Find is the 190th most important word in the English language.
    I found my car keys -- they were under the couch.
  2. To point out.
    He kept finding faults with my work.
  3. To decide that, to form the opinion that.
    I find your argument unsatisfactory.
  4. To determine or judge.
    The jury finds for the defendant


  1. Anything that is found, especially by good fortune, particularly objects on archeological sites.
  2. A person with talent.
  3. The act of finding.